The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues the monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 in order to inform the public health response.
Today the institute reports 14,271 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,568,511. This increase represents a 22.5% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 473 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 76,247 to date.
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (26%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (25%). Gauteng Province accounted for 16%; Eastern Cape accounted for 11%; Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; Free State and North West each accounted for 5% respectively; Limpopo Province accounted for 3% and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.
The total number of cases today (n=14 271) is higher than yesterday (n=7 502) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=10 169). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased.
There has been an increase of 579 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.
Source – NICD