South Africa currently has 38,797 active cases of Covid-19, out of a total of 3,785,398 confirmed cases and 3,646,241 full recoveries.
The country has recorded 4,954 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. This increase represents a positivity rate of 22.5%, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced on Friday.
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (44%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (27%). The Western Cape accounted for 12%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 6%; The Free State was 4%; the North West represented 3%; Mpumalanga was 2%; and Limpopo and the Northern Cape each accounted for 1% of today’s new cases respectively.
five new Deaths related to Covid-19 have been recorded, and of these, 2 have occurred in the last 24 to 48 hours. This brings the total number of deaths to 100,360 so far.
24,445,151 tests have been carried out in the public and private sectors.
There has been an increase of 121 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
South Africa on the brink of the fifth wave of Covid-19 – Phaahla
Speaking at a virtual press conference on Friday morning, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla said the Department of Health had noticed an increase in Covid-19 infections over the past two weeks, particularly in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
“As of yesterday, Gauteng alone accounted for 53% of positive cases, KZN 23% and Western Cape 11%,” Phaahla said.
He said the country hit 6,000 Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, and while there was a slight dip to just over 4,000 Covid-19 infections on Thursday, it could be due to the public holiday in Wednesday which saw fewer people testing.
Phaahla said the country’s positivity rate remains quite high at 17%, adding that this is the first time South Africa has seen a resurgence in infections since the end of the national state of disaster.