SA identifies close to 10,000 new cases in 24 hours

South Africa has reported its highest number of daily 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% positivity rate, said the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, on Thursday evening.

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng Province (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%; North West accounted for 2%; and Limpopo and Northern Cape each accounted for 1% respectively of today’s new cases.

The country has also recorded 64 deaths and of these, 7 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 100,471 to date.

24.592,030 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

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

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

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