Thursday, 09 December 2021 20:49

Covid-19 Daily Update: SA records 22 391 new cases with 22 related deaths.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), 22 391 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 093 452. This increase represents a 29.8% positivity rate. 

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (53%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (12%). Western Cape accounted for 10%; North West accounted for 6%; Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga each accounted for 5% respectively; Eastern Cape accounted for 4%; and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 29.8% which is higher than yesterday (26.8%). The 7-day average is 25.7% today, which is higher than yesterday (24.6%).

NICD said a further 22 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90 060 to date.

There has been an increase of 453 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours and For updates on the national vaccine programme, click here.

Meanwhile a recent survey shows that half of the adults polled support compulsory workplace COVID-19 vaccination and a vaccine passport, while approval drops significantly by vaccination status and levels of vaccine hesitancy.

The findings are contained in research by the Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg (UJ), in collaboration with the Developmental, Ethical and Capable State research division of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last month that government has set up a task team that will undertake broad consultations on making vaccination mandatory for specific activities and locations.

"The task team will report to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on vaccination chaired by the Deputy President, which will make recommendations to the Cabinet on a fair and sustainable approach to vaccine mandates,"the President told the nation.

The online survey revealed that 54% of South African adults are in favour of employers making COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory and 51% support vaccine passports.

"However, levels of support for these policies differ considerably by vaccination status and willingness to vaccinate. Among the fully vaccinated, support for compulsory workplace vaccination and vaccine passports is 75% and 78%, respectively,"the study found.

Among those that are unvaccinated and reluctant to receive the jab, support falls to under 10% for both measures.

The survey looked at the public's support for compulsory workplace COVID-19 vaccination and having to provide proof of vaccination to enter public places known as "vaccine passports".

These latest findings come from a round of five of the UJ/HSRC COVID-19 democracy survey, which collected data between 22 October and 17 November 2021, which was completed by 6 633 participants.