South Africa recorded 1 127 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Sunday.
WHAT IS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES TO DATE?
This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 968 205.
FOUR FURTHER COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS
A total of 4 further COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, leaving the total fatalities to 101 317 to date.
“The cumulative number of recoveries is 3 836 337.”
THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOVERIES TO DATE?
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25 366 718 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.
I THINK I HAVE COVID-19, WHAT NOW?
If you suspect you have been infected or were in direct contact with someone who has been confirmed positive:
“Keep careful watch of these common symptoms associated with Omicron (cough, fatigue or tiredness, congestion, and runny nose). Unlike in previous variants, the loss of taste and smell seems to be uncommon.”NICD
Here are some practical guidelines to follow if you suspect you have contracted COVID-19, but have not been tested:
- The golden rule is to stay home, quarantine for 10-days, and limit contact with others.
- If no symptoms present during this period, quarantine can be broken once the 10-days have been completed. However, if any symptoms present during this period, it is important to manage them and to know when a visit to the doctor is necessary.
- If worrisome symptoms present, specifically relating to respiratory complications, please seek immediate medical attention or call an ambulance.
- For those seeking medical intervention to address mild symptoms, the individual can telephonically contact the healthcare facility for a virtual consultation. Alternatively, the doctor can request an in-person assessment.
Meanwhile, the provincial government in the Western Cape wants all COVID-19 restrictions in SA to be lifted. They cited growing economic concerns across Mzansi as the reasoning behind their push for this.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and representatives from the province’s health department are expected to give a press briefing on Tuesday, 7 June. The briefing will show data that the COVID-19 restrictions in SA are not necessary anymore.