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Monday, 27 June 2022 21:42

SA records 212 new Covid-19 cases with a 3.4% positivity rate.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Monday showed 212 new Covid-19 cases had been identified in SA in the previous 24 hours.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to 3,992,661.

The NICD said the new cases were from Gauteng (43%), the Western Cape (19%), KwaZulu-Natal (18%), Mpumalanga (6%), North West (5%), Eastern Cape (4%), Northern Cape (3%) and Limpopo (2%).

The NICD said this increase represented a 3.4% positivity rate.

The health department reported another nine deaths, four of which occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. The cumulative Covid-19 deaths are 101,740.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says last week saw two significant developments that will, in different ways, change South Africa.

Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa pointed to the lifting of the country’s remaining Covid-19 restrictions – including limitations on gatherings, international travel and wearing masks in public.

"For the first time in over two years, the country does not have any Covid restrictions in place. In my first televised address to the nation on 15 March 2020, I said that we would overcome the deadly pandemic in our midst. I said that we would act decisively and that we would act together.

"While there was not much fanfare about the lifting of the last Covid-19 restrictions, there has been a tectonic shift in our national psyche. We are emerging from a great national trauma that caused untold damage, destruction and heartbreak."