By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa reported 10,129 new cases today, bringing the country total to 503,290 confirmed cases. This is out of 3 million total cases reported to date.
Gauteng (178,119), Western Cape (96,189), KwaZulu-Natal (79,607) and Eastern Cape (78,782) account for the bulk of the cases.
On Saturday, 148 new COVID-19 related deaths: 36 from Eastern Cape, 40 from Gauteng, 41 from KwaZulu Natal and 24 from Western Cape and 7 from Northern Cape. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 8,153.
The NICD also reported rabies is the suspected cause of three deaths in three children in 2020 to date–in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.
The NICD’s Centre for Emerging Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases, which issues monthly reports on rabies cases, said there were a total of 16 in 2019.
“The Covid-19 pandemic and its response have led to a setback of several public health programs, including rabies,” it said, adding that there may have been cases that had gone unrecognized and unreported.
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