Covid 19 Update: South Africa Records Over 8 000 New Cases in 24 Hours

Covid 19 Update: South Africa Records Over 8 000 New Cases in 24 Hours

- More than 8 000 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in South Africa, the highest number of infections since January

- South Africans are concerned about the increasing numbers and according to reports, Gauteng is the worst affected province

- The education sector is preparing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 so that they can continue with the school year

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In the last 24 hours, South Africa has documented 8 881 new Covid-19 cases, the greatest number of new daily infections since 23 January, when more than 12 000 were recorded.

According to data supplied by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Gauteng is the epicentre of new infections, accounting for 58% of cases reported in the previous day.

“The increased number of tests and cases, and increased positivity, are all evidence of the predicted third surge in Covid-19 cases," said the NICD, according to TimesLIVE.

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Covid 19 update: South Africa records over 8k new cases in 24 hours
Over 8 000 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in South Africa, the highest in months. Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg
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In the last 24 hours, there were 1 150 hospital admissions, according to the institution. There were 135 additional in-hospital deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

As per a report by IOL, teachers, cleaners and other support personnel at public schools may be vaccinated against Covid-19 this month, according to teachers' organisations.

According to Basil Manuel, executive director of the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa, at least 500 000 Johnson & Johnson doses have been obtained for the education sector. The vaccine is still awaiting approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Covid-19 numbers are increasing and South Africans are concerned

Briefly News previously reported that just two days ago, 5 000 new Covid-19 infections were recorded and new variants are emerging. On Sunday, 5 074 new Covid-19 cases were reported, according to the National Health Department's daily statistics on new infections and deaths.

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In South Africa, a total of 1 696 564 Covid-19 instances have been reported with a total of 1 343 433 vaccinations administered so far.

According to the department, since the last report, a total of 11 876 594 tests have been done with 35 821 new tests being registered. After 45 people died, the total number of Covid-19-related deaths is 56 974. The recovery rate is standing at 93%.

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