South Africa currently has 33,552 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 3,965,422 reported cases and 3,830,585 recoveries, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service reported.
The country has identified 2,028 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. This increase represents a 9.8% rate of positivity.
Most of the new cases today come from Gauteng (30%), followed by Western Cape (25%). KwaZulu Natal accounted for 13%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 11%; Free State, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape accounted for 5% each respectively; The north-west accounted for 4%; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of new cases today.
The country also recorded 35 deaths and of these, 10 deaths occurred in the past 24-48 hours. The cumulative number of Covid-19 deaths to date is 101,285.
25,334,835 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.
In the last 24 hours, hospital admissions have increased by 65.
theSouth African Health Products Regulatory Authority(Sahpra) announced that the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin can no longer be prescribed to Covid-19 patients.
Sahpra terminated the Compassionate-Controlled Access Program with immediate effect, saying there is no credible evidence that it helps cure Covid-19.
He said there have been several developments regarding the evidence of Ivermectin’s effectiveness since the program was adopted.
“No further imports of unregistered Ivermectin products will be allowed and health facilities will no longer be allowed to hold bulk inventory in anticipation of prescriptions for such unregistered Ivermectin products.”
Sahpra also said that the results of two large clinical trials conducted in 2021 do not support the use of ivermectin for patients with Covid-19.
Additional reporting by Faizel Patel