As of Wednesday, January 13, 2021, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases detected is 1,278,303 with 18,555 new cases identified, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.
Another 806 deaths related to Covid-19 were reported, with 150 from the Eastern Cape, 24 from the Free State, 211 from Gauteng, 235 from Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), 14 from Limpopo, 14 from Mpumalanga, 7 from Cape i. North and 151 from the western cape.
This brings the total number of Covid-19-related deaths to 35,140.
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We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the health workers who treated the deceased, the minister added.
Recoveries now stand at 1,030,930 with a recovery rate of 80.6%.
WHEREASora total of 7,043,680 tests have been completed with 76,202 new tests performed since the last report.
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Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
The deadliest day in the US
The death toll in the United States sets a new daily record of nearly 4,500, the first time it has ever crossed 4,000.
Higher rate of infection
The infection rate in Ireland is now the highest in the world at 1,288 cases per million people as the government requires all travelers to be tested negative within 72 hours of arrival.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo – known as Jokowi – takes the country’s first hit live on television as the nation of nearly 270 million people begins a massive vaccination.
Japan’s urgency is widening
Japan has decided to extend a state of emergency in Greater Tokyo to seven other regions including the major cities of Osaka and Kyoto.
Blockade of Ontario
Canada’s most populous province orders residents to stay home as forecasts showed the number of cases could explode quickly, crushing hospitals.
Tunisia announces a four-day blockade and an extended curfew to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the overthrow of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Chinese Province Limited
Heilongjiang Province – home to the closed city of Suihua and with a population of 37.5 million people – tells residents not to leave the region unless absolutely necessary and cancel rallies.
Aid to Lebanon
The World Bank approves a $ 246 million aid package to help 786,000 vulnerable Lebanese under the country’s pandemic and worst economic crisis in decades.
Test to travel
Air passengers heading to the US will be required to take a negative test within three days of their arrival as of January 26th.
The head of the Korea sect cleared
The leader of a secret church that accounted for more than half of South Korea’s cases at the start of the pandemic is cleared of accusations of obstructing government efforts to prevent viruses.
The South African government says police have arrested more than 7,000 people caught without face masks in public since late December.
Nearly 2 million dead
The pandemic has killed more than 1,963,557 million people worldwide, according to a result compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT using official sources and information from the WHO.
The US is the most affected country with more than 380,821 deaths, followed by Brazil (204,690), India (over 151,569), Mexico (135,682) and Britain (83,203).
The number of deaths worldwide is generally underestimated. The tax number is calculated from daily figures published by national health authorities and does not include subsequent reviews by statistical agencies.
The NBA gets tough
The National Basketball Association of America is updating its health and safety protocols on the eve of an increase in player cases and game postponements after a video reveals that star player Kyrie Irving attended a family reunion.
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