Covid-19 update: 6,527 new cases reported in South Africa

South Africa has recorded 6,527 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,791,925. This increase represents a positivity rate of 21.5%.

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (32.8%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (17.9%). The Western Cape accounted for 17.5%; the Free State was 5.4%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 9.2%, Mpumalanga and the North West each accounted for 5.1% respectively; Limpopo accounted for 4.1% and North Cape 2.9% of today’s new cases respectively.

The country also reported four deaths that occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. This brings the total number of deaths to 100,363 so far.

24,475,485 tests were carried out in the public and private sectors.

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There has been an increase of 54 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

Beijing tightens Covid restrictions as long vacation begins

Beijing restaurants will temporarily ban indoor dining and residents will have to take Covid tests to visit public spaces, officials said on Saturday, in a major step up in virus checks at the start of the Chinese holiday. labor Day.

The five-day break is typically one of China’s busiest travel periods, but the country’s worst Covid resurgence since the pandemic began is expected to keep people at home.

Faced with the highly transmissible variant of Omicron, Chinese authorities doubled down on their zero-Covid policy, nullifying virus clusters through mass testing and lockdowns.

Despite mounting economic costs and public frustration, the capital has announced it will further restrict access to public spaces during and after the holiday period.

From May 1 to 4, restaurants in the city will stop eating in and only allow deliveries, local commerce official Ding Jianhua said in a press briefing on Saturday.

Authorities also said they had so far prepared 4,000 makeshift hospital beds – usually used for patients with mild or no Covid symptoms – and were accelerating the establishment of larger quarantine sites.

A negative Covid test taken within the past week will also be required from May 5 to enter “all kinds of public spaces and to take public transport”, according to a notice on the city’s official WeChat page.

For activities such as sporting events and group travel, participants will also need to show a negative Covid test taken within 48 hours, along with proof of “full vaccination”, under the new rules.

Frustration in Shanghai –

China reported more than 10,700 domestic Covid cases on Saturday, with the most in economic powerhouse Shanghai.

The eastern metropolis was locked down for about a month after becoming the epicenter of the latest outbreak.

Houses are trending down, but frustration and anger are boiling over in the city of 25million where many have been ordered to stay home for several weeks.

Shanghai officials said on Saturday its new cases were all found among quarantined or restricted groups – signaling that community infections may be slowing.

They added that hundreds of businesses on a “whitelist” have resumed work, with around 1,000 businesses cleared to restart as well, state media said.

In Beijing, cases have risen to 54, according to the National Health Commission.

At the start of the long holiday, consumers in the capital were asked to show proof of negative Covid tests – within 48 hours – to enter public spaces such as malls, shops and scenic spots.

The city will make free Covid tests for residents starting Tuesday, authorities said.

Additional AFP reporting