Covid-19 update: 58 568 cases recorded, dogs trained to detect virus

Covid-19 update: 58 568 cases recorded, dogs trained to detect virus

- South Africa has recorded 58 568 Covid-19 infections and over 1 200 fatalities

- This comes as 98 teachers and 1 800 children reported infections in the Western Cape

- In France, dogs are being trained to identify Covid-19 infections in humans

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South Africa has reached 58 568 Covid-19 infections and 1 284 fatalities on Thursday.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic:

1. South Africa hits 58 568 Covid-19 infections and 1 284 deaths

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided SA with the latest statistics on the Covid-19 pandemic:

"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 58 568. Regrettably, we report a further 74 COVID-19 related deaths: 39 from Western Cape, 31 from the Eastern Cape, and 4 from North West. This brings the total national deaths to 1284 with a mortality rate of 2,2%."

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2. 98 Teachers test positive for Covid-19 in the Western Cape

A staggering ninety-eight teachers have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Western Cape province.

This has resulted in 20 schools having to be closed over the past week in order to be disinfected according to Western Cape Premier Alan Winde.

1 800 Children in the province were infected, but Education MEC Debbie Schäfer says this has nothing to do with the reopening of schools on Monday:

“Of this number, 1,537 cases were reported before the schools were reopened."

3. Dogs trained to detect Covid-19 in people

French researchers have found an interesting alternative to help diagnose Covid-19, training dogs to identify infected people.

Using 360 odour samples, the dogs were trained to detect Covid-19 in humans at the National Veterinary School of Alfort.

With an overall 95% success rate, these canines have enjoyed success with the school commenting that:

“A True positive: the dog indicates the target odour by a ‘sit’ response; a False positive: the dog alerts to a non-target position; False negative: the dog fails to exhibit the trained alert in the presence of the target odour; and a True negative: the dog does not alert in the absence of the target odour."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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