Citizen Reporter
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15 Jan 2022
7:39 pm

Covid-19 update: SA records 4,592 new cases

Citizen Reporter

The current Covid-19 positivity rate in South Africa is 12.5%, the Health Department says there may be a backlog of the reported death rate

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South Africa has 102,476 active cases of Covid-19, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has announced.

As of Saturday, the country has reported a total of 3.556,633 positive cases of Covid-19, with 4,592 new cases identified in the past 24 hours.

This increase represents a 12.5% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (26%), followed by Gauteng (21%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 21%; Eastern Cape accounted for 10%, Limpopo accounted for 6% respectively; Northern Cape accounted for 3%; Free State, Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 4% respectively of today’s new cases. 

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“Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports 161 deaths and of these, 64 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 93,278 to date,” NICD said.

21.772,893 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors

There has been an increase of 73 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

Global Covid-19 updates:

PM Johnson’s problems deepen –

The UK government apologises to Queen Elizabeth II, after revelations Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s staff broke coronavirus restrictions by partying on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, where she had to sit alone in church.

Australia to detain Djokovic –

Australia says it will detain unvaccinated Novak Djokovic this weekend after again stripping him of his visa, in a dramatic setback to the tennis world number one’s goal of winning a record 21st Grand Slam.

Dutch relax tough Covid curb –

The Netherlands is to ease some of the toughest Covid restrictions in Europe, allowing shops, gyms, hairdressers and sex workers to reopen, Prime Minister Mark Rutte says.

Bars, restaurants, cafes and cultural locations will however remain closed until at least January 25, Rutte tells the first news conference since a new government was sworn in earlier this week.

Hong Kong transit passenger ban –

Hong Kong bans passengers from more than 150 nations from transiting through its airport, in the latest radical measure to conform with China’s zero-Covid policy.

Jabs for 5-11s –

Norway says it will open Covid vaccinations to 5-11 year-olds on a voluntary basis but stops short of issuing an official recommendation.

Vaccinations of the same age group also start in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a month after the green light by health authorities in spite of criticisms from Covid-sceptic President Jair Bolsonaro. 

Cases receding in New York – 

The record Omicron variant wave is beginning to recede in New York and other major US cities official data shows, with the downward trend following similar patterns seen in Britain and in South Africa.

Polish medical advisers resign –

Thirteen of the Polish prime minister’s 17 medical advisers on coronavirus resign, accusing the populist conservative government of inaction in the face of the pandemic.

Rwanda gets tougher –

Rwandan authorities tell public sector workers to get vaccinated against Covid or resign, further tightening the strict pandemic measures which have seen people flee the country.

Tunisians defy protest ban –

Tunisian police use tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting against President Kais Saied’s July power grab, in defiance of a ban on gatherings over Covid.

Swedish PM positive –

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson tests positive for Covid-19, her office says, making her the third party leader to catch the disease following a meeting earlier this week.

Six Nations games to go ahead –

Rugby Union Six Nations matches in Wales will be able to go ahead after the Welsh government announces it is easing coronavirus restrictions in the coming weeks.

New cases at Man City –

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that his Premier League champions have been hit by fresh coronavirus cases ahead of their match with second-placed Chelsea.

More than 5.5 million dead –

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,519,380 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Friday.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 846,488, followed by Brazil with 620,545, India on 485,350 and Russia 319,911.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

Additional reporting by AFP