South Africa records 37 000 New cases

South Africa’s has recorded more than 37 000 new cases as the fourth wave of infections fueled by the Omicron variant rips through the nation.

Daily new cases were 37 875 on Sunday, data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) show.

“As of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 3 167 497 with 37 875 new cases reported. Today 21 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 90 137 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 913 232 with a recovery rate of 92,0%”

That’s the highest number of daily infections yet and exceeds the previous record of 26 485 set during the peak of the third wave on July.

Most of the infections with the variant have been in Gauteng, the province where Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria, are located. It recorded 44% of the new cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 16% and North West tallying 6%.