Covid-19 update: 3,274 new cases and 36 deaths reported in SA

South Africa has identified 3,274 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), announced a division of the National Health Laboratory Service.

This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,948,119. This increase represents a 13.8% positivity rate.

Most of the new cases today come from Gauteng (33%) followed by Western Cape (26%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 13%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 8%; Free State accounted for 6%; Northern Cape accounted for 5%; The north-west accounted for 4%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3%; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of cases today.

The country also reported 36 deaths and of these, 15 occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings total casualties to 101,128 to date.

“Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of reported Covid-19 mortality cases,” the NICD said.

25,187,804 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

There was an increase of 86 hospital admissions in the last 24 hours.

government will begin to recognize all verifiable Covid-19s Evidence of vaccination with QR codes – paper or electronic – of international travelers arriving in South Africa, starting Friday 27 May 2022.

This follows confusion over current transitional health regulations announced in April after the cabinet finished the National Disaster State related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Government spokesperson Phumla Williams said she has noticed recent incidents in some ports of entry involving international travelers who have submitted evidence of vaccination, which has not been defined in the current regulatory regime.

Williams said it is imperative that these vaccination tests be verifiable.

However, because there is no globally agreed vaccination test pattern, the government noted that some countries used vaccination cards with a QR code, while others used certificates with a QR code as proof of vaccination.

Further reporting by the AFP