Latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa; press conference planned for this morning
On 23 June 2021 17 493 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1 861 065. This increase represents a 24,9 percent positivity rate.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in order to inform the public health response. Dr Michelle Groome, Head of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response, warns that “the sharp rise in the reported daily COVID-19 cases is cause for concern, especially in the Gauteng Province where daily case numbers are exceeding those seen during the previous two waves.” She adds, “Ultimately, it is up to each one of us to play our role to reduce the spread of the virus by limiting our interaction with others, as much as possible, during this time”.
A further 166 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 59 258 to date. Prof Adrian Puren, Acting Executive Director of the NICD stresses that, the anecdotes from family and friends are real, “It is critical to manage our risks and the risk to others, especially the elderly by limiting contact with others and avoiding gatherings with those who are not part of our safe bubble”.
Source: National Institute for Communicable Diseases
The Acting Minister of Health, Mmamoloko Kubayi, together with Public Service and Administration Minister Mchunu and a panel of experts, will convene a media briefing on the progress of government efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including an update on the national vaccination rollout programme on Friday, 25 June 2021 at 07h30
The virtual media briefing will take place on Zoom: Webinar ID: 986 3988 3296, Passcode: 346486
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