Health · July 6, 2022

Covid-19 update: 6,527 new cases reported in SA

South Africa has identified 6,527 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,791,925. This increase corresponds to a positivity rate of 21.5%.

The majority of new cases today come from Gauteng (32.8%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (17.9%). Western Cape accounted for 17.5%; The Free State accounted for 5.4%; Eastern Cape accounted for 9.2%, Mpumalanga and North West each for 5.1%; Limpopo accounted for 4.1% and Northern Cape for 2.9% of today’s new cases.

The country has also reported four deaths that have occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. This brings the total death toll to 100,363 to date.

24,475,485 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

ALSO READ: SA has 38,797 active cases of Covid-19

There has been an increase of 54 hospitalizations in the last 24 hours.

Beijing tightens Covid restrictions as long holiday begins

Restaurants across Beijing will temporarily ban Beijing dining, and residents will need clear Covid tests to visit public spaces, officials said on Saturday, in a bid to step up virus checks as the Labor Day holiday begins.

The five-day break is usually one of China’s busiest travel times, but the country’s worst Covid resurgence since the pandemic began is expected to keep people at home.

Faced with the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Chinese officials have doubled down on their zero-Covid policy, suppressing virus clusters through mass testing and lockdowns.

Despite rising economic costs and public frustration, the capital announced it would further limit access to public spaces during and after the holiday season.

From May 1 to May 4, the city’s restaurants will halt restaurant dining and only allow deliveries, local trade official Ding Jianhua said at a news conference on Saturday.

Authorities also said they have so far prepared 4,000 makeshift hospital beds – typically for patients with mild or no Covid symptoms – and are speeding up the establishment of larger quarantine sites.

A negative Covid test taken within the past week will also be required to “enter all types of public areas and use public transport” from May 5, according to a notice on the city’s official WeChat page.

For activities such as sporting events and group travel, participants must also provide a negative Covid test within 48 hours, as well as proof of “full vaccination” under the new rules.

Frustration in Shanghai –

China reported more than 10,700 domestic Covid cases on Saturday, most of them in economic powerhouse Shanghai.

The eastern metropolis has been in lockdown for about a month after becoming the epicenter of the recent outbreak.

The number of cases is falling but frustration and anger are simmering in the city of 25 million, where many have been ordered to stay home for several weeks.

Shanghai officials said Saturday all new cases were found under quarantine or restricted groups – a sign that community infections could be slowing.

They added that hundreds of companies on a “white list” have resumed operations, with around 1,000 companies also allowed to resume operations, state media said.

In Beijing, cases have risen to 54, according to the National Health Commission.

As the long holiday began, consumers in the capital were asked to show negative Covid tests within 48 hours to enter public areas such as malls, shops and viewpoints.

The city will make Covid testing free for residents starting Tuesday, authorities said.

Additional coverage from AFP