South Africa has identified 3,785 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, announced the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service.
This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,802,198. This increase represents a positivity rate of 17.6%.
Most of the new cases today come from the province of Gauteng (45%) followed by KwaZulu-Natal (28%). Western Cape accounted for 12%; Free State accounted for 5%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 4%; Mpumalanga and North West accounted for 2% each respectively; and Limpopo and Northern Cape respectively accounted for 1% of new cases today.
The country has also reported seven deaths, of which two have occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. This brings total casualties to 100,377 to date.
24,527,102 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.
In the last 24 hours, hospital admissions have increased by 68.
According to an expert, a new Omicron variant found in wastewater is not necessarily dangerous and may not cause a fifth wave.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has detected a new sub-variant, called BA.4, of Omicron in wastewater in southwestern Johannesburg.
This comes after an increase in new Covid-19 cases in South Africa, with 2,650 cases and seven deaths recorded on Monday.
talking with 702 On Tuesday morning, NICD executive director Professor Adrian Puren said they are currently conducting studies to determine the effectiveness of vaccines on sub-variants.
With positive cases on the rise causing panic of a looming fifth wave, Puren said South Africa has not yet officially entered the fifth wave, but is experiencing a renaissance.
Additional reporting of Kgomotso Phooko