Wednesday, 22 September 2021 21:49

Covid-19 cases, deaths and hospital admissions on the decline.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the national 7-day moving average of daily case numbers, positivity rate and testing rate continue to decrease, with sustained decreases seen in all provinces. Today the institute reports 2,967 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,889,298This increase represents a 7.0% positivity rate.

Gauteng, Limpopo and North West Provinces have exited the third wave according to the current wave definitions. There are also sustained decreases in COVID-19 hospitalisations and deaths in all provinces. These trends are encouraging but we should not let our guard down yet," says Dr Michelle Groome, Head of the Division of Public Health, Surveillance and Response at the NICD.

NICD said a further 124 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 86,500 to date.

Meanwhile Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on COVID-19 Vaccines, will tomorrow undertake an oversight visit to Mpumalanga.

This is to engage on strategic interventions aimed at increasing the number of COVID-19 vaccination uptake. 

The vaccination rollout oversight visit, led by Mabuza, follows engagements with the Gauteng and North West provincial government structures, which were aimed at ramping up the vaccination rollout programme. 

The visit by Mabuza to Mpumalanga will include members of the IMC on COVID-19 Vaccines, who will visit members of the surrounding communities within the Ehlanzeni District with the aim of encouraging them to get vaccinated. 

For the past few days, South Africa has seen a 37% overall decrease in new COVID-19 cases. 

Furthermore, about eight million citizens have been fully vaccinated and the country has seen the decrease of about 15% in hospitalisation. 

Mpumalanga, in particular, is amongst the provinces with the lowest proportion of the adult population who are fully vaccinated.  

As of 21 September 2021, the province, in particular Ehlanzeni District, has achieved just under 25% of vaccination coverage of the target population eligible for vaccination. 

In this regard, Mabuza will receive updates on the status of the vaccination rollout programme in the province and also interact with various community leaders. 

The Deputy President will be accompanied by the Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele; Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla; Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Mostoaledi; Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Deputy Minister of State Security, Zizi Kodwa.