Covid-19: Another 11 093 cases reported, with Gauteng still bearing the brunt

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South Africa has recorded 297 deaths in the past 24 hours.
South Africa has recorded 297 deaths in the past 24 hours.
  • There were 11 093 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. 
  • A further 297 Covid-19-related deaths were reported. 
  • Gauteng was still bearing the brunt, with 7 441 new cases.

Another 11 093 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in South Africa, with a further 297 deaths reported. 

The death toll now stands at 59 092.

Gauteng is still bearing the brunt, with 7 441 new cases. 

Eastern Cape had 385 new cases, Free State 365, KwaZulu-Natal 551, Limpopo 263, Mpumalanga 294, North West 720, Northern Cape 197, and Western Cape 847.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases also noted an increase of 575 hospital admissions reported in the past 24 hours.

A total of 6 632 people were in private hospitals, and 3 482 in public hospitals. 

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The pace of vaccinations picked up, with 85 038 people vaccinated up to Tuesday evening. 

The total number of people vaccinated stands at 2 229 242. 

Meanwhile, the Western Cape health department has decided to restrict patient escorts and hospital visitors as it braces for an increase in new cases. 

"The purpose of this amendment is to protect patients, families, visitors and staff from Covid-19 infection and transmission during the third wave," a statement said. 

"While we fully understand that visitors and escorts play a significant role in the well-being of patients, we also need to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our hospitals, to save lives. These restrictions will be reviewed as soon as the third wave is over."

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