South Africa is continuing to see a decrease in the average daily coronavirus case numbers, positivity rate, and testing rate.

A total of 2 783 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in the country in the last reporting period, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 892 081.

This increase represents a 6.8% positivity rate.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has also reported a further 155 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing total fatalities to 86 655 to date.

Below are the latest coronavirus statistics in South Africa: 

 

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Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the United Nations General Assembly that the international community has not sustained the principles of solidarity and cooperation in securing equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. He was delivering the country’s national statement during the General Debate where he again urged member states to support the proposal for a temporary waiver of certain provisions of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights at the World Trade Organisation.

Speaking virtually in a pre-recorded message, Ramaphosa said the pandemic had shaken the world’s collective sense of well-being and security.

“It is an indictment on humanity that more than 82% of the world’s vaccine doses have been acquired by wealthy countries, while less than 1% has gone to low-income countries. Unless we address this as a matter of urgency, the pandemic will last much longer and new mutations of the virus will emerge. South Africa reaffirms its call for fair and equitable distribution of vaccines,” says President Ramaphosa.

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