SA identifies nearly 10,000 new cases in 24 hours

South Africa reported its highest daily number of Covid-19 cases this year, with 9,757 new cases identified in the past 24 hours.

This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,818,125. This increase represents a 25.9 percent positivity rate, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, Thursday evening.

Most of the new cases today come from the province of Gauteng (44%) followed by KwaZulu-Natal (24%). Western Cape accounted for 13%; Eastern Cape accounted for 6%; Free State accounted for 5%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3%; The Northwest accounted for 2%; and Limpopo and Northern Cape respectively accounted for 1% of new cases today.

The country also recorded 64 deaths and of these, 7 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings total casualties to 100,471 to date.

24,592,030 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

The Covid-19 pandemic killed 13.3 to 16.6 million people in 2020 and 2021, according to WHO estimates on Thursday, to triple the number of deaths directly attributed to the disease.

The World Health Organization’s long-awaited estimate of the total number of deaths caused by the pandemic, including lives lost due to its ripple effects, finally puts a number on the broader impact of the crisis.

“New estimates from the World Health Organization show that the entire death toll associated directly or indirectly with the Covid-19 pandemic between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 was approximately 14.9 million (from 13.3 million to 16.6 million) “, the UN The health agency said in a statement.

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The figure calculates what is called excess mortality due to the Covid-19 crisis, which has increased much of the planet for more than two years.

“These sobering data not only indicate the impact of the pandemic, but also the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can support essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems. “said WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Further reporting by the AFP