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SA records 20 713 new COVID-19 cases, positivity rate above 30%

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South Africa has reported 20 713 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 276 529. This increase represents a 30.4% positivity rate.

A further 35 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90 297 to date. 

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According to the NICD,”The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (28%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (25%). Western Cape accounted for 18%; Eastern Cape accounted for 8%; Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; North West accounted for 4%; Limpopo accounted for 3%; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% .”

Earlier today, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said South Africa is in the fourth wave of the coronavirus with all provinces recording infections.

Briefing the media, Phaahla said the recovery rate from the Omicron variant is still high.

“The positivity rate has also risen steeply across the country and with yesterday’s (Thursday) average positivity rate of 31%. Eight provinces recorded a positivity rate of 30% or above. With only Gauteng which was below 30% of positivity at 25%. In this wave, the average number of daily cases is upwards of 20 000 but hospital admissions are below 400,” said Phaahla.

Phaahla says the Omicron variant has been reported in 70 countries.

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