South Africa has identified 8,351 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), announced a division of the National Health Laboratory Service.
This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 3,879,434. This increase represents a 22.5% positivity rate.
Most of the new cases today come from Gauteng (40%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (19%). Western Cape accounted for 18%; The Eastern Cape accounted for 7%; Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape accounted for 3% each respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of new cases today.
The country has also reported * 114 deaths and of these, 3 deaths occurred in the past 24-48 hours. The cumulative deaths from Covid-19 are 100,744 to date.
According to the NDoH, keep in mind that the North West reported 92 retrospective deaths today due to data cleansing and the Free State reported 11 retrospective deaths today. Some of the retrospective deaths have merged with the cumulative case line list only recently, due to incorrect first and last names being acquired in the DATCOV system, ”NICD said.
24,841,314 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.
There has been an increase of 136 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.