Covid-19 update: 1,649 new cases and 18 deaths reported

South Africa has registered a total of 3,675,691 positive cases of Covid-19, with 1,649 new cases in the last 24 hours.

This increase represents a 6.3% positivity rate, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has announced.

Most new cases today come from Gauteng Province (37%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape, each representing 20% ​​and 19% respectively. Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Free State, Eastern Cape and Northwest each accounted for 4%; Limpopo was responsible for 3% and Northern Cape for 2% of today’s new cases, the NICD said.

“Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of reported COVID-19 deaths. Today, the NDoH reports 18 deaths, 6 of which have occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to 99,430 until now,” IT SAID.

23,111,817 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.

There is an increase of 49 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

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– England cancels caregiver mandate –

Health and social workers in England will no longer be required to have a Covid jab as a working condition from later this month, the government says.

– Zero deaths in South Africa –

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– Nearly six million dead –

Covid-19 has killed at least 5,952,685 people since the outbreak broke out in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally based on official sources on Tuesday.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 950,481, followed by Brazil with 649,333, India with 514,023.

Taking into account the excess mortality from Covid, the WHO estimates that the true death toll could be two to three times higher.

Additional reporting by AFP

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