No deaths reported in SA in 24 hours – The Citizen

According to the national health department, there have been no deaths in the country in the past 24 hours.

The department reported 16 deaths and of these, 0 occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings total casualties to 99,625 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,” he said Tuesday.

The country also reported 1,436 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,686,556.

This increase represents a 5.5% positivity rate, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)announced a division of the National Health Laboratory Service.

Most of the new cases today come from Gauteng (35%), followed by Western Cape (23%). KwaZulu Natal accounted for 18%; Eastern Cape accounted for 6%; The Northwest accounted for 5%; Free State and Mpumalanga accounted for 4% each respectively; Limpopo accounted for 3%; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of new cases today.

23,285,855 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

There has been an increase of 46 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

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Over six million people have died from Covid-19

More than six million people worldwide have died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to an official source tally compiled by AFP on Tuesday.

A total of 6,003,081 people succumbed to the virus, the AFP counted at 1100 GMT.

The milestone comes as the number of infections and deaths continues to plummet in most regions of the world, with the exception of Asia, where Hong Kong is suffering its worst outbreak ever, and Oceania, where New Zealand has registered an increase in cases.

Global average daily deaths over the past seven days dropped to 7,170, down 18% in one week, continuing a trend seen since the peak of the Omicron wave in early February, despite many countries easing restrictions.

The United States recorded 960,311 coronavirus deaths, followed by Brazil with 652,341 and India with 515,210.

While much of the world is learning to live with the disease, China remains committed to eliminating it and has mandated Hong Kong to pursue a zero tolerance approach as well.

Hong Kong has launched controversial plans to test all 7.4 million residents and build a network of isolation camps. The number of weekly infections in the city doubled in one week to 290,987 while the number of deaths more than tripled to 1,543.

In regional terms, Europe, which is broadly defined by the World Health Organization to include Russia, Israel, and the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia, is currently reporting the largest number of cases.

It also accounted for nearly two-fifths of deaths worldwide last week.

The countries that reported the highest death rates in proportion to their population were Hong Kong with 20.58 per 100,000 population, Latvia (6.42), Georgia (5.89), Denmark (5.13) and Hungary. (5.04).

The AFP count is based on Covid-19 deaths reported by national health authorities.

The World Health Organization believes the real figure could be two to three times higher.

Further reporting by the AFP