Wednesday, 07 April 2021

Pretoria: South Africa has achieved a proud milestone after over 10 million people have been tested for COVID-19 to date, the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announced.

According to the Minister, 24 594 people were tested on Wednesday, which pushes the total number to 10 020 025 since the outbreak.

Meanwhile, the country logged 756 new cases, which represents a 3% positivity rate.

Also, 79 more people lost their lives due to COVID-19 related complications.

Both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng recorded 25 fatalities each in the last 24 hours. In addition, 18 occurred in Free State, six in Mpumalanga, four in the Western Cape and one in the Eastern Cape, which pushes the death toll to 53 111.

“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased,” said Mkhize.

The recovery remains at 95% after 1 479 821 beat Coronavirus, while the country has 20 677 active cases.

The Minister said the number of healthcare workers vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol has now increased to 278 909 as of 7 April 2021.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there have been 132 046 206 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 2 867 242 deaths, to date.

As of 5 April 2021, a total of 604 032 357 vaccine doses have been administered across the globe.

Global view

Globally, new COVID-19 cases rose for a sixth consecutive week, with over four million new cases reported in the last week, according to the WHO’s weekly epidemiological update.

Meanwhile, the number of new deaths also peaked by 11% compared to last week, with over 71 000 new fatalities reported.

The largest increases in case incidence were observed in South-East Asia, most notably in India and the Western Pacific regions.

“All regions, except for the African region, reported increases in the number of deaths, with the largest increase of 46% from the South-East Asia region,” the WHO noted.

The highest numbers of new cases were reported from India (513 885 new cases, 38% increase), Brazil (505 668 new cases, 5% decrease), the United States of America (444 756 new cases, 5% increase), Turkey (265 937 new cases, 43% increase), and France (244 607 new cases, 4% decrease).