Thursday, 14 October 2021 21:03

Covid-19 Daily Update: SA records 947 new cases with 40 related deaths.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 947 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,914,827. This increase represents a 2.7% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (25%), followed by Western Cape accounting for 20%. Gauteng accounted for 14%; Northern Cape accounted for 12%; Free State accounted for 11%; Eastern Cape accounted for 8%; North West accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 4%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

NICD said  a further 40 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88,506 to date.

Meanwhile globally, as of 13 October 2021, there have been 238 521 855 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4 863 818 deaths, reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

According to the WHO’s weekly epidemiological update, the numbers of weekly COVID-19 cases and deaths has continued to decline since late August.

The WHO said over 2.8 million new cases and over 46 000 new deaths were reported during the week of 4 to 10 October 2021, representing a 7% and 10% decrease respectively, as compared to the previous week.

Apart from the European region, all the other regions reported a decline, the agency added. 

The data shows that the largest drop in new weekly cases was reported from the African region (32%), followed by the Western Pacific region (26%).

In addition, the new weekly deaths reported also declined in all regions except for the European region, which reported an increase of 11% as compared to the previous week.

"The largest decline in weekly deaths was reported from the Western Pacific and the African regions, with both showing a 34% decline as compared to the previous week."

The highest numbers of new cases were reported from the United States (653 837 new cases, 12% decrease), the United Kingdom (249 699 new cases, similar to the previous week), Turkey (205 266 new cases, similar to the previous week), Russia (188 829 new cases, 14% increase), and India (139 572 new cases, 13% decrease).

Globally, no new countries, territories or areas reported cases with variants of concern (VOCs) in the past week. As of 12 October, the Delta variant has been reported across all six WHO regions, in 191 countries.