Wednesday, 13 October 2021 21:05

Covid-19 Daily Update:SA records 942 new cases with 37 related deaths.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 942 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,913,880. This increase represents a 2.4% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (23%), followed by Gauteng Province accounting for 18%. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 15%; Free State accounted for 11%; Eastern Cape and Northern Cape each accounted for 10% respectively; North West accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

NICD said a further 37 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88,466 to date.

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Meanwhile the Department of Health has started issuing out the country's COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate to fully vaccinated adults.

This is after the South African COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate System portal was officially launched by the Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, on Friday, 9 October 2021. 

The system will allow users to create a QR code showing their COVID-19 inoculation status and will be available to adults who are fully vaccinated.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in September the rollout of the vaccine certificate as proof that residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The digital pass system can be used to show vaccination status to facilitate travel, access to establishments, gatherings and other forms of activity.

The President explained that government's approach was informed by the World Health Organisation guidelines and that it was in line with international best practice and said he believes that it could go a long way towards getting a number of international travel restrictions both from and into our country eased. 

Phaahla told journalists last week that the certificate could be used for travel and tourism, sport and recreation events, music festivals, shops that are providing discounts and prizes for people who are vaccinated.

In addition, the Minister said there is still going to be more improvements in the next two months with regards to the safety and security of the certificate.