South Africa recorded 4 482 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said on Sunday. 

WHAT IS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES TO DATE? 

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 526 054. 

This increase of 4 482 new COVID-19 cases represents a 17.6% positivity rate. 

A further 82 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 92 453 to date.

“The cumulative number of recoveries is 3 286 952.” 

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOVERIES TO DATE? 

The majority of new cases are in Western Cape with 1 150 new cases, the KwaZulu-Natal with 1 037 new cases, the Gauteng with 1 037 new cases, and the Eastern Cape with 373 new cases in the provinces. 

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21 553 366 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.

There has been an increase of 80 hospital admissions in the past 24hours.

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.

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 to 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.

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