South Africa has identified 9,253 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), announced a division of the National Health Laboratory Service.
This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,827,378. This increase represents a positive rate of 26.6%.
Most of the new cases today come from the province of Gauteng (40%) followed by KwaZulu-Natal (26%). Western Cape accounted for 14%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 7%; Free State accounted for 4%; Mpumalanga and North West accounted for 3% each respectively; Northern Cape accounted for 2%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of new cases today.
There has been an increase of 144 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
The country also recorded 34 deaths and of these, 7 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings total casualties to 100,505 to date.
24,626,847 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.
The U.S. drug regulator restricts the use of the J&J Covid vaccine
The US said Thursday that only adults who “have personal concerns” about mRNA vaccines, access problems, or medical reasons for refusing them can now receive Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, which has been linked to a clotting condition. rare but serious.
The vaccine, licensed as a single injection, is less protective than those developed by Pfizer and Moderna, and in December the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised the public to stay away.
Thursday’s decision by the Food and Drug Administration builds on that recommendation by limiting the authorization for emergency use of the J&J Covid-19 vaccine.
“Today’s action demonstrates the robustness of our security surveillance systems and our commitment to ensuring that science and data guide our decisions,” FDA scientist Peter Marks said in a statement.
Sixty cases in the United States of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), which produces rare and potentially life-threatening blood clots with low blood platelet levels, had been reported by March 18, with nine deaths.
Symptoms begin about a week or two after administration, and the condition – which can cause lifelong impacts even when not fatal – occurs more frequently in premenopausal women.
Concerns about the vaccine have already limited absorption: only 18.7 million doses were administered in the United States, or about 3.2 percent of the total 577 million.
But the FDA stopped short of a total authorization withdrawal, with Marks acknowledging the impact a ban could have on global vaccine use, as well as concerns some may have specifically about the mRNA vaccine, rather than the the adenovirus vector platform used by J&J.
There are some health-based justifications for not taking an mRNA vaccine, such as rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescent males and young men, although these are generally transient in nature and the vast majority of those affected recover completely.
However, anti-vaccine groups have also raised more general objections against mRNA vaccines, which are tied to conspiracy theories.
While these types of concerns are not rooted in the evidence, the exemption from using the J&J injection still extends to “individuals who have personal problems with receiving mRNA vaccines and otherwise would not receive a Covid-19 vaccine,” he says. the FDA statement.
Further reporting by the AFP