SA records 16,435 new Covid-19 cases — mostly in Gauteng

15 July 2021 - 19:47 By TimesLIVE
The 35 to 49 age group has moved fast to register to get their Covid-19 jabs. File image.
The 35 to 49 age group has moved fast to register to get their Covid-19 jabs. File image.
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SA recorded 16,435 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday with the majority of them, 44%, coming from Gauteng.

The Western Cape followed with 18% of the new infections.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Thursday that a further 377 Covid-19 related deaths had been reported, bringing total fatalities to date to 65,972.

Civil unrest and looting has had an adverse effect on the number of tests carried out in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

“Understanding that services have been adversely affected and services may be temporarily closed we encourage all our communities to seek medical help if they have Covid-19 symptoms such as fever, lethargy, a dry cough, or trouble breathing,” the NICD said in a statement.

“Individuals who are unable to access testing facilities and believe they have been infected or have had direct contact with someone who has been confirmed positive should call the Covid-19 -19 hotline on 0800 029 999, stay at home, quarantine for 10 days, and minimise contact with others.”

The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in SA is now 2,253,240 which represents a 29.9% positivity rate.

There were 54,998 tests carried out in the past 24 hours.

“There has been an increase of 726 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours,” said the NICD.

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