Tuesday, 21 December 2021 20:29

Covid-19 Daily Update: SA records 15,424 new cases & 633 hospital admissions in 24 hours.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 15,424 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,332,008.

This increase represents a 27.6% positivity rate. 

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (26%), followed by Western Cape (22%). Gauteng accounted for 21%; Eastern Cape 9% and Free State 6%. North West accounted for 5%; Limpopo and Mpumalanga each accounted for 4%. Northern Cape accounted for 3% of today’s new cases.

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 27,6% which is lower than yesterday (29,9%). The 7-day average is 30,1% today, which is lower than yesterday (31,1%).

NICD said a further 35 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90,488 to date.

There has been an increase of 633 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours and for updates on the national vaccine programme, click here.

Globally, as of 20 December 2021, there have been 273 900 334 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5 351 812 deaths reported to the World Health Organisation.

Meanwhile the new variant accounted for 73% of all Covid-19 infections last week in the U.S., with almost all of the remaining cases being delta. President Joe Biden tested negative after spending time with an aide who was later found to be infected.

New Zealand delayed its border reopening due to omicron, while Australia’s prime minister said his country needed to live with the virus. A new study fueled concerns about the effectiveness of Sinopharm’s Covid-19 booster against the new variant.

Protection from two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine starts trailing off three months after the second shot, the Financial Times reported, citing research published in the Lancet. The waning protection also applies to severe disease caused by Covid-19, according to the report, underscoring the importance of boosters.