Cape Town – South Africa has recorded a total of 3 353 106 Covid-19 infections, with 21 099 new cases identified in the past 24 hours, the National Department of Health said on Wednesday.
This increase represents a 30.6% positivity rate after 69 014 tests were conducted.
A further 99 Covid-19 related deaths were reported, bringing the total fatalities to 90 587 since the discovery of the virus in the country..
“As of today [Wednesday] the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 3 353 106 with 21 099 new cases reported. Today 99 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 90 587 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 3 052 399 with a recovery rate of 91.0%,” the department said in a statement.
As of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 3 353 106 with 21 099 new cases reported. Today 99 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 90 587 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 3 052 399 with a recovery rate of 91.0% pic.twitter.com/Or6rAF3I6u
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) December 22, 2021
KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape overtook Gauteng as the two coronavirus epicenters.
KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 5 411 new cases, followed by Western Cape (4 609), and Gauteng (3 807).
Northern Cape continued to account for the least cases with 0nly 502 new cases in the past 24 hours.
#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 69,014 tests were conducted in the last 24hrs, with 21,099 new cases, which represents a 30.6% positivity rate. A further 99 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90,587 to date. See more here: https://t.co/BEMwjyMRtA pic.twitter.com/vn2ubggniw
— NICD (@nicd_sa) December 22, 2021
According to IOL, the country’s fourth wave appears to be subsiding just as quickly as it grew.
South Africa’s top infectious-disease scientists have said on Wednesday that the country had rapidly passed the peak of new omicron cases.
“Now we’re going down, right back down, the South Face – and that is the way we think it may work with a variant like omicron, and perhaps even more broadly what we’ll see with subsequent variants at this stage of the pandemic,” the report quoted South African Public Health Medicine Specialist Salim Abdool Karim.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo