Citizen Reporter
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13 May 2022
8:55 pm

Covid-19 update: SA reports 8,351 new cases in 24 hours

Citizen Reporter

24.841,314 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

Minister Phaahla receives Covid-19 Vaccine at George Mukhari Hospital. (Photo by Gallo Images/Lefty Shivambu)

South Africa has identified 8,351 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, has announced.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3.879,434. This increase represents a 22.5% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (40%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (19%). Western Cape accounted for 18%; Eastern Cape accounted for 7%; Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape each accounted for 3% respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

The country has also reported *114 deaths and of these, 3 deaths occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. The cumulative Covid-19 deaths are 100,744 to date.

“As per the NDoH, please be advised that North West reported 92 retrospective deaths today due to data cleaning and the Free State reported 11 retrospective deaths today. Some of the retrospective deaths only merged with the cumulative case line list recently, due to incorrect names and surnames that were captured on the DATCOV system,” said NICD.

24.841,314 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

There has been an increase of 136 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

Covid-19 fifth wave in SA

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa urged leaders in the SADC region to strengthen their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as infections spike dramatically.

On Thursday, National Health Minister Joe Phaahla confirmed South Africa entered the fifth wave, with infections driven by the Omicron lineage BA.4 and BA.5.

The fifth wave could resemble the previous wave in size and severity, according to health experts.

“Since the beginning of April, South Africa alone has recorded more than 1,300 cases of the Omicron subvariant BA.2 and over 700 cases of subvariants BA.4,” said WHO Africa regional director Abdou Salam Gueye.

The African continent recorded 52,878 Covid-19 cases in the week ending on 8 May, which represents a 38% rise from the week before, reports Power FM.

“This is largely driven by a spike in Southern Africa, which accounted for 87% of the continent’s recorded cases, breaking a two-month-long decline in recorded infections,” said Gueye.

The fifth wave of infections comes amid relaxed public health and social measures which were implemented at the start of the pandemic.

Health officials are urging South Africans to get their jabs and boosters to prevent high transmission rates.

Additional reporting by Narissa Subramoney