Thursday, 30 December 2021 19:32

SA records 12 979 new cases with 126 deaths while government is considering doing away with curfew.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The  National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 12 979 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 446 532. 

This increase represents a 28.1% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (27%), followed by Western Cape (26%).  Gauteng accounted for 17%; Eastern Cape accounted for 12%; Free State accounted for 5%; North West accounted for 4%; while Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Northern Cape each accounted for 3% respectively of today’s new cases.

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 28.1% which is higher than yesterday (26.0%). The 7-day average is 26.0% today, which is lower than yesterday (26.1%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

NICD said a further 126 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 91 061 to date.

Meanwhile the government has proposed lifting the curfew as part of its reconsideration of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

President Cyril Ramaphosa held a meeting with premiers and mayors on Thursday to discuss the state of the Covid-19 pandemic, and was joined by Health Minister Joe Phaahla.

The current curfew runs from midnight to 04:00.

Fullview learnt that another proposal was limiting social gatherings to 1 000 people for indoors and 2 000 for outdoors. 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) had spoken strongly against the country remaining under a state of disaster since March 2020.

Phaahla, in the meeting, is said to have motivated against the removal of the state of disaster and said it would send a message that the pandemic was over. 

The current state of disaster was due to end on 15 January.

Last month, the National Coronavirus Command Council decided to leave the country on Level 1 of the risk-adjusted lockdown. This was despite rising coronavirus cases caused by the spread of the Omicron variant. 

The Minister in The Presidency, Mondli Gungubele will, tomorrow, 31 December 2021 host a virtual media briefing on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held today.