Monday, 14 February 2022

Pretoria: South Africa conducted 15 930 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours, with 1 094 new cases, representing a 6.9% positivity rate.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), this means the country has now a recorded 3 642 925 laboratory-confirmed infections since the outbreak.

The majority of new cases were detected in Gauteng (482), followed by the Western Cape (170), KwaZulu-Natal (138), Mpumalanga (106), while the rest of the provinces recorded less than 100 infections.

Meanwhile, the death toll now stands at 97 250 after 257 more people lost their lives to the virus, of which three (3) occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours.

In addition, hospital admissions have increased by 47 to 3 967 since the last reporting cycle.

The NICD has reminded citizens to continue to adhere to preventative measures to help limit the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

According to the Department of Health, South Africa administered 63 764 new COVID-19 vaccine doses, of which 1 389 407 jabs were given to children aged between 12 and 17.

This pushes the total to 30 627 415 vaccine doses since the start of the rollout programme.

Also, the country is now home to 16 735 990 fully jabbed adults, while 785 483 booster shots have been distributed.

Data shows that of the 3 715 people who are currently in hospital for Coronavirus, 2 676 are unvaccinated, 901 are fully jabbed and 138 are partially vaccinated.

Globally, as of 14 February 2022, there have been 410 565 868 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5 810 880 deaths, reported to the World Health Organisation.