Covid-19 update: SA reports 5,284 new cases and 41 deaths

South Africa has identified 5,284 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the National Institute for Communicable DiseasesNICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, said Wednesday.

This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3.941,045. This increase represents a positive rate of 17.3%.

The majority of new Covid-19 cases today come from Gauteng (32%) and later the Western Cape (28%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 13%; The East Cape accounted for 9%; Free State was 6%; 4% was in the North West; Mpumalanga and North Cape each accounted for 3%; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of today’s cases.

The country reported 41 deaths, of which 6 have occurred in the last 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total number of deaths to 101,043 to date.

There has been an increase of 113 hospital admissions in the last 24 hours.

25.138,638 tests were performed in both the public and private sectors.

US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said Wednesday it would sell its patented drugs on a nonprofit basis to the world’s poorest countries, as part of a new initiative announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“Now is the time to start closing this gap” between those who have access to the latest treatments and those who do not, chief executive Albert Bourla told a press conference at an exclusive Swiss meeting.

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The Accord for a Healthier World focuses on five areas: infectious diseases, cancer, inflammation, rare diseases and women’s health – where Pfizer currently holds 23 patents, including the likes of Comirnaty and Paxlovid, its Covid vaccine and oral treatment.

“This transformative commitment will increase access to Pfizer’s patented medicines and vaccines available in the United States and the European Union to nearly 1.2 billion people,” Angela Hwang, group president of Pfizer Biopharmaceutical Group, told AFP.

Additional reporting from AFP

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