Health · June 23, 2022

1,028 new cases and 57 deaths reported in SA

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has reported that 1,028 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa in the past 24 hours.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,989,007. This increase corresponds to a positivity rate of 5.3%.

The majority of new cases today come from Gauteng (40%), followed by the Western Cape (17%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 11%; Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga each accounted for 7%; Limpopo and North West each accounted for 6%; The Free State accounted for 5%; and North Cape accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

The country has also reported 57 deaths, 6 of which have occurred in the last 24 to 48 hours. Cumulative Covid-19 deaths to date are 101,697.

25,637,671 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

There has been an increase of 37 hospitalizations in the last 24 hours.

The Danish government said on Wednesday the country will start offering a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to high-risk groups and everyone over 50 next week after the summer while a new variant emerges.

“Authorities believe the new variant is more contagious than the previous one, which is why we are acting now… to protect the most vulnerable and the elderly,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told reporters.

She said those most at risk could receive a fourth dose starting next week.

The Omicron subvariant BA.5 now accounts for 59 percent of new cases in Denmark, which has registered more than 3.1 million infections since the pandemic began in a country of 5.8 million people.

Denmark, which paused its vaccination campaign at the end of April, said the campaign would be expanded after the summer.

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“Health authorities have recommended revaccination of 2.5 million Danes in the autumn,” said Fredriksen.

The fourth dose will be offered to all over 50s from October 1st. About 62 percent of Danes have already received a third dose.

The Scandinavian country lifted all of its corona restrictions in February and has no plans to reintroduce them.

“Our strategy is a society without restrictions, so we need to prevent the disease more than the spread of the infection,” Danish Public Health Director Soren Brostrom told reporters at the same press conference.

He urged people with symptoms to test themselves and isolate if their test is positive.

Additional coverage from AFP