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Thursday, 12 May 2022 20:27

SA records 8,920 new COVID-19 cases bringing total cases to 3,871,085.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 8,920 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,871,085.

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (39%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (22%). Western Cape accounted for 16%; Eastern Cape accounted for 7%; Free State accounted for 6%; North West accounted for 4%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3%; Northern Cape accounted for 2%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases. 

This increase represents a 23.1% positivity rate.

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (23.1%), and is lower than yesterday (25.3%). The 7-day average is (24.7%) today, and is lower than yesterday (25.1%).

Today, the NDoH reports 21 deaths and of these 8 deaths occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. The cumulative COVID-19 deaths are 100,630 to date.

There has been an increase of 150 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.

Sector Facilities Report Admissions
to Date
Died to Date Currently Admitted
Private 261 241,895 40,019 1,531
Public 407 283,098 62,511 1,434
TOTAL 668 524,993 102,530 2,965

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Government has hailed the hard work and diligent role nurses have played and continue to play in keeping the nation healthy, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This as the world commemorates International Nurses' Day on Wednesday under the theme, 'A Voice to Lead- Invest in Nursing and Respect Rights to Secure Global Health'.

"Government has seen, and continues to witness the heroic efforts of nurses in the fight against COVID-19 and in treating other diseases. Government wishes you a happy International Nurses Day.

"Government will continue to provide a framework for a structured and uniform health system for South Africa. The country's healthcare workers are vital in building the country that we envisaged at the start of our democracy. Through the heroic work of nurses, we are able to advance our Constitutional obligations that entrenches the right to health as a fundamental human right," a government statement read.