South Africa has registered a total of 3,675,691 positive cases of Covid-19, with 1,649 new cases in the last 24 hours.
This increase represents a 6.3% positivity rate, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has announced.
Most new cases today come from Gauteng Province (37%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape, each representing 20% and 19% respectively. Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Free State, Eastern Cape and Northwest each accounted for 4%; Limpopo was responsible for 3% and Northern Cape for 2% of today’s new cases, the NICD said.
“Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of reported COVID-19 deaths. Today, the NDoH reports 18 deaths, 6 of which have occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to 99,430 until now,” IT SAID.
23,111,817 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.
There is an increase of 49 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
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