Covid-19 has killed at least 4.518,163 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.
The US is the worst-affected country with 640,108 deaths, followed by Brazil with 580,413, India with 439,020, Mexico 259,326 and Peru 198,295.
Based on the latest reports, the countries with the most new daily deaths were the US with 1,173, followed by Brazil with 839 and Mexico with 835.
On Wednesday, South African recorded 235 new Covid-19 related deaths, bringing total fatalities to 82,496 to date, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has announced.
9,544 new Covid-19 cases have been identified, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2.787,203. This increase represents a 15.6% positivity rate.
16,536,206 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.
The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (28%), followed by Western Cape (21%). Eastern Cape accounted for 15%; Free State accounted for 10%; Gauteng Province accounted for 9%; Northern Cape accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; North West accounted for 4%; and Limpopo Province accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.
There has been an increase of 404 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
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Compiled by Vhahangwele Nemakonde