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Thursday, 28 October 2021 20:31

SA records 533 new cases bringing total number of cases to 2 921 114.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 533 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,921,114. This increase represents a 1.7% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (28%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal accounting for 17%. Western Cape accounted for 14%; Free State accounted for 10%; Northern Cape accounted for 8%; Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga each accounted for 7% respectively; North West accounted for 5%; and Limpopo accounted for 4% of today’s new cases.

NICD said a further 55 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89,104 to date.

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Globally, as of 27 October 2021, there have been 244 385 444 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4 961 489 deaths, reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

According to the WHO’s COVID-19 weekly epidemiological update, during the week of 18 to 24 October 2021, the global number of new cases increased slightly (4%) compared to that of the previous week, with just over 2.9 million new cases.

The European region accounted for more than half (57%) of global new weekly cases and was the only region that reported an increase.

The largest decrease in new cases was again reported in Africa (21%), followed by the Western Pacific region (17%).

Meanwhile, according to the latest data, the number of new deaths also peaked slightly by 5% during the past week, with over 49 000 new deaths reported.

Increases were reported in the European (14%) and South-East Asia (13%) regions, while the largest decline was observed in the Western Pacific (16%), Eastern Mediterranean (13%) and the African (11%) regions.

In addition, the highest numbers of new cases were reported from the United States (512 956 new cases, 12% decrease), the United Kingdom (330 465 new cases, 16% increase), Russia (248 956 new cases, 15% increase), Turkey (196 850 new cases, 8% decrease) and Ukraine (134 235 new cases, 43% increase).