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Monday, 25 April 2022 22:17

SA records 1,954 new cases with 1,081 of those identified in Gauteng.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 1,954 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,764,865. 

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (55%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (23%). Western Cape accounted for 11%; Free State accounted for 3%; Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 2% respectively; and Limpopo and Northern Cape each accounted for 1% respectively of today’s new cases. 

This increase represents a 19.3% positivity rate.

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (19.3%), and is higher than yesterday (16.7%). The 7-day average is (15.7%) today, and is higher than yesterday (14.3%).

Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports 30 deaths and of these, occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 100,333 to date.

Meanwhile Gauteng premier David Makhura has appointed Dr Nomonde Nolutshungu as the new Head of the Gauteng Department of Health.

Nolutshungu was appointed to the role on Monday, replacing Dr Sibongile Zungu, who has been acting in the role since July 2021.

She has been working in the public health sector for almost 30 years. 

"Prior to her appointment to the provincial government, Dr Nolutshungu was the Minister Counsellor for health (Health Attaché) in Washington District of Columbia, USA. Her responsibilities included managing and leading South Africa's diplomacy on Global Public Health with the government of the United States, its agencies, academic institutions, the private sector, and large philanthropic organisations," said the premier's office in a statement on Monday. 

Nolutshungu holds a a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCh) from the University of Witwatersrand and also worked as the Chief Director and Cluster Manager for HIV, AIDS, TB, and STIs at the national Department of Health. 

She also holds a Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, also attained from Wits and is registered for her MSc in Medical Immunology at the University of Pretoria.