Covid-19: Gauteng fourth wave shows fewer hospitalisations, deaths - NICD

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  • South Africa recorded 26 976 new confirmed Covid-19 infections on Wednesday.
  • 54 new deaths have been recorded, bringing the confirmed death toll to 90 226.
  • Gauteng accounted for 30% of new daily infections.

Initial data indicates that the fourth wave of Covid-19 in Gauteng is producing fewer hospitalisations and deaths than previous waves.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), there appears to be fewer hospitalisations and deaths in Gauteng specifically, in comparison to previous waves.

"Although the data are still being gathered, the evidence suggests that the current wave may be milder," the NICD said.

South Africa recorded 26 976 new confirmed Covid-19 infections on Wednesday. The increase in cases represented a 32.2% positivity rate. There were 54 new Covid-19 deaths, bringing the confirmed death toll to 90 226.

Most new cases on Wednesday were in Gauteng, which accounted for 30%, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 22%. The Western Cape accounted for 17%; the Eastern Cape 8%; the Free State 6%; Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West 5% each; and the Northern Cape 2%.

Gauteng recorded 8 021 new cases on Wednesday, KwaZulu-Natal 5 924 and the Western Cape 4 455.

There were 620 new hospital admissions in the last 24-hour cycle. In total, 7 339 people are in hospital for Covid-19.

As of Wednesday, the country recorded 3 231 031 cumulative laboratory-confirmed cases.

Gauteng has recorded 1 085 799 cumulative cases, KwaZulu-Natal 554 137 and the Western Cape 545 152.

South Africa has conducted 20 436 207 tests, of which 75 251 were carried out in the last 24-hour cycle.

According to the Department of Health, 27 407 400 vaccine doses have been administered. Of those, 96 535 were administered in the last 24-hour cycle.

To date, 15 290 260 adults are fully vaccinated. Among children 12 and older, 810 870 vaccine doses have been administered.


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