South Africa has reported 5 244 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 3 552 043. This increase represents a 13% positivity rate.
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 128 deaths and of these, 59 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 93 117 to date.
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Gauteng out of fourth wave
Earlier, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla announced that Gauteng has officially exited the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Phaahla warned that despite a noted decrease in COVID-19 related deaths, the Omicron variant is highly transmissible.
He was speaking during a virtual media briefing on government’s efforts to fight the pandemic.
“Gauteng province has officially exited the fourth wave this week and all other provinces have reached their peaks, the other 8 provinces, and are now on a decline. Of note is the fact that the decline in new infections is not a steep decline as was the incline. So this virus rises steeply but it goes down slowly. But at least it is going down and that is encouraging.”