SA reports 3,118 new cases and 110 deaths

South Africa recorded a total of 3,665,149 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, with 3,118 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

This increase represents a 8.7% positivity rate, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced.

Today, the majority of new cases are from Gauteng (36%), followed by the Western Cape (21%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 15%; Mpumalanga accounted for 9% and the North West 7%. The Free State was 4%; The Eastern Cape and Limpopo each accounted for 3% respectively and the Northern Cape accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

“Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of reported COVID-19 fatalities. Today, the NDoH reports 110 deaths and among those -this, 6 occurred within the last 24 to 48 hours. This brings the total number of deaths to 98,978 to date,” the NICD said.

22,964,127 tests were carried out in the public and private sectors.

There was an increase of 86 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

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– More than 5.9 million dead –

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,904,193 people since the outbreak first emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled Wednesday from official sources.

The United States recorded the most Covid deaths with 939,201 followed by Brazil with 645,420 and India 512,622.

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

Additional AFP reporting

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