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Cases increase, but hospital admissions decrease within 24 hours



As of Saturday, December 4, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases detected in South Africa is 3,020,569 with 16,366 new cases identified, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed.

This represents a positivity rate of 23.8%.

Twenty-one more Covid-19-related deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 89,965.

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The total number of recoveries was 2,814,076 with a recovery rate of 96.3%.

A total of 19,715,126 tests have been carried out to date in the public and private sectors.

Another 110 hospitalizations have been reported in the past 24 hours.

Just over 26 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in South Africa since the vaccination program began this year.

Provincial distribution

The majority of new Covid-19 cases come from Gauteng (71%), followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, with each province accounting for 6%.

Mpumalanga comes next after 5%, while Limpopo and North West each had 4%.

Free State and Eastern Cape each accounted for 2% and Northern Cape 1% of Saturday’s cases.

Omicron

Apart from the cases in South Africa, Omicron has so far been detected in Belgium, Botswana, Israel, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Italy, Great Britain and Germany.

Health experts say more data is needed to understand the full impact of the Omicron variant, such as severity, transmissibility, and immune escape.

Omicron was identified by South African scientists and researchers on November 24, with the first known confirmed infection from a sample collected on November 9.

South Africa reported its first cases of the Omicron variant, which has a high number of mutations, to the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 25.

Global developments

Rio is partying

Rio de Janeiro is abandoning its traditional New Year’s festivities by tackling the new Omicron variant in Brazil, according to city officials.

The move raises concerns for the annual carnival, which was canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Morocco too

The Moroccan government has decided to ban all festivals and cultural and artistic gatherings due to the spread of the Omicron.

Belgium covers itself

Belgian schools will force children six and over to wear masks due to “an autumn wave which has been much harsher than expected,” the government said.

Indoor venues such as cinemas will be limited to 200 people from Monday, with people required to be seated and wearing masks.

Merkel tee shot

Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germans in her latest video podcast to get bitten: “I once again urge you to take this delicate virus seriously. “

Danish Prime Minister unmasked

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen apologizes after being filmed shopping without a mask, four days after her government reintroduced mandatory face coverings.

Additional reports by AFP

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