Covid-19: SA daily infections exceed 3 000 raising red flag

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SOUTH Africa breached the 3 000 mark for new Covid-19 infections over 24 hours on Friday — raising concerns for
Health minister Zweli Mkhize.
“Today, we report with concern that the new cases identified in the past 24 hours are 3 105. This gives a cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in South Africa to be 762 763,” said a statement issued by the Health ministry. SA police nab explosives smuggler coming from Zim Covid-19: SA daily infections exceed 3 000 raising red flag

“We wish to highlight that we have breached the 3 000 mark for daily new cases. Of these new cases, more than half (54,4 percent) are from the Eastern Cape.”

Of additional concern was that the positivity rate was at 12 percent, higher than the ideal of 10 percent or less. An additional 88 Covid-19-related deaths were recorded and of those 67 were in the Eastern Cape.

“This brings the total to 20 759 deaths. We have noted that the number of new deaths being reported daily in the Eastern Cape is rising as well,” said the statement.

The cumulative number of tests conducted is now 5 243 055 with 29 019 new tests conducted since the last report on Thursday. There have been 707 040 recoveries translating into a recovery rate of 92,7 percent in South
Africa.

In the past seven days 1 314 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in Gauteng, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 232 388.

There are now 2 195 actives cases of the virus, a jump from the 1 384 active cases reported last week, according to an update from the provincial command council on Friday.

Johannesburg is still the leading district for infections and deaths — recorded active cases are 884. Johannesburg’s reported deaths are now 1 919 out of a total of 4 598 deaths reported in Gauteng.

An analysis of provincial deaths showed 53 percent of them were males and 47 percent females. Eighty-eight of those who died due to complications related to the virus were aged 40 to 59 and 25 percent were 60-69.

The command council said about 55 percent of deaths in the province occurred within a week of diagnosis or (hospital) admission and 36 percent occurred within three days.

Just over half of those who died had either diabetes or hypertension, or both. On hospital admissions, the command council said 1 767 patients were now in hospital, of whom 421 were in intensive care unit and high care. The other 1 346 patients were in general wards.

The African Union has declared November 23 to 30 as Africa Mask Week, to highlight the significance of wearing masks to help stop the spread of the virus on the continent.

Residents in the province were encouraged to join the initiative and post a picture or video of themselves on digital media platforms wearing a mask, challenging their friends to do the same. –
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