SA Covid-19 cases decreasing across all nine provinces
SA's national seven-day moving average of daily Covid-19 case numbers, positivity rate and testing rate continue to decrease, with sustained decreases seen in all provinces.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Thursday that 2,783 new Covid-19 cases had been identified, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,892,081. This increase represents a 6.8% positivity rate.
Daron Mann talks to the devastated mother of 5-month-old Ezam Makhabane and the aunt of 6-month-old Kwahlelwa Ndongeni, the two babies who died in an East London daycare centre on the same day, about the trauma and uncertainty their families are facing. The parents are yet to find out the truth about what transpired and took their babies' lives. The babies died within hours of each other a month ago. Autopsy reports are awaited to ascertain the causes of their deaths.
A further 155 Covid-19 related deaths were reported, bringing the number of fatalities to 86,655.
The majority of new cases recorded were from KwaZulu-Natal (22%), followed by Western Cape (18%). Eastern Cape accounted for 15%; Northern Cape accounted for 12%; Free State and Gauteng each accounted for 11%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; North West accounted for 3%; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of new cases.
There was an increase of 174 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.