South Africa’s Covid-19 cases jump by more than 6,000…

On the eve of the entry into force of new health regulations to regulate outbreaks of coronavirus infections in the country, new cases of Covid-19 increased by 6,170 with more than one in five tested for the virus. showing positive.

Of these, 950 cases have been reported as possible reinfections. The African Institute for Health Research comes published its findings in a preprint article after looking to see if people who had the BA.1 subvariant in the Omicron family could be reinfected with the BA.4 or BA.5 subvariants.

He found that it can happen, but people who had a BA.1 (in December 2021 or January 2022) are largely protected. However, this protection is weaker in the unvaccinated.

In its latest report on Covid-19 testing, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases reported a weekly positivity rate (percentage of positive tests) of 22.2%, which means that more than one in five tests are positive.

According to the report, the percentage of positive tests increased in all provinces except the Western Cape, where it remained unchanged.

For the first time, KwaZulu-Natal overtook Gauteng with a positivity rate of 26.7%, followed by Gauteng at 24.5% and North Cape at 20.4%. The report said all other provinces recorded a positivity rate of between 10% and 20%.

An increase of 120 hospital admissions brings the total number of people hospitalized with complications from Covid-19 to 2,479.

The highest percentage of positive tests was in the 10-14 year age group (34.2%).

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The latest NICD report on respiratory pathogens shows a total of 58 flu cases so far in South Africa. The pneumonia surveillance report indicates that since the beginning of 2022, samples from 2,022 patients with severe respiratory illnesses have been tested from the six sentinel sites, and influenza has been detected in 31 (2%) patients. .

Its pneumonia surveillance program found that 9% of patients (178) with severe respiratory disease had Covid-19 pneumonia.

On May 4 at midnight, a set of new health rules, which some have described as draconian, were due to come into force. The settlement survived an initial legal challenge this week in the Western Cape High Court with a shortened deadline for comment, but several organizations have promised that if the new rules come into force, legal action will follow.

The new rules would replace interim regulations issued under the Disaster Management Act which will fall at midnight. The regulations aim to impose permanent restrictions on the number of gatherings, including religious gatherings and funerals.

They also contain provisions that allow for compulsory medical testing and the legal framework to compel patients who test positive for Covid-19 to a mandatory stay in a health or isolation facility.

If no new regulations are enacted at this point, the mask mandate will fall.

Department of Health spokesman Foster Mohale said late Wednesday that a “public announcement” of the new regulations would be made before midnight. SM/MC

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