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SA records 339 new Covid-19 cases and 44 deaths

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South Africa recorded 339 new Covid-19 cases and 44 deaths on Friday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said.

SA records 339 new Covid-19 cases on Friday. File picture

CAPE TOWN – South Africa recorded 339 new Covid-19 cases and 44 deaths on Friday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said.

“Today the institute reports 339 new Covi-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 923 393. This increase represents a 1.1% positivity rate.

“As per the National Department of Health, a further 44 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89 295 to date.

“A total of 18 670 029 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors,” the NICD said.

The organisation said the majority of Friday’s cases were reported in Gauteng with 26% of cases, followed by the Western Cape with 19% and KZN at 14%.

The Free State accounted for 13% of the new cases, while the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape all accounted for 7% respectively.

The North West accounted for 6% and Limpopo accounted for 1% of new cases.

In the Northern Cape an additional 24 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. The Province’s cumulative total currently stands at 92 575 people infected9.

Frances Baard recorded the highest infections with 7 cases, followed by Pixley ka Seme (5), Namakwa and ZF Mgcawu each having 4 cases, JT Gaetsewe with 3, while 1 case is unallocated. In the current 7-day period (29 Oct – 05 Nov), a daily average of 22 new cases have been recorded, which is 35% less compared to the previous period.

There was one (1) new Covid-19 related death was reported in the Province, which occurred in the last 72 hours. Additionally, fourteen (14) deaths from the Namakwa district were updated, which occurred in the previous months due to delays in reporting. The total cumulative deaths in the Province now stand at 2 307.

We convey our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the families and loved ones of the departed.

The number of total active cases currently standing at 1 551.

The Province average recovery rate stand at 96%, representing a cumulative total of 88 717 people who have recovered from COVID-19.

According to the department a total of 3 430 vaccine doses were administered across the Province.

“Since the start of the week (i.e. 01 – 05 Oct), 17 588 vaccine doses have been administered.

“To date, the Northern Cape has administered a cumulative total of 472 789 vaccine doses to qualifying people, since the start of the vaccination programme on 17 Feb 2021.”

From the total doses given, 343 581 individuals have received at least one dose while 282 878 people are fully vaccinated (either with the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or second dose Pfizer vaccine).

Individuals who have received at least one dose of the vaccine account for 34.8% of the Province target population (12 years and older), while 28.7% are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health said healthcare workers who participated in the Sisonke study would receive an SMS inviting them to participate in the Sisonke part 2 which entails frontline healthcare workers receiving a booster jab for their Johnson & Johnson vaccine which they received jabs for from February.

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