South Africa reported 1,868 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,690,291.
This increase represents a 6.5% positivity rate, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD)a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, announced.
Most new cases today come from Gauteng (34%), followed by Western Cape (24%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 16%; Limpopo and North West each accounted for 6% respectively; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; Free State accounts for 4%; Eastern Cape accounted for 3%; and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of new cases today.
“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 25 deaths, of which 10 occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to date to 99,681,” the NICD said in a statement.
23,343,250 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.
There has been an increase of 45 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours.
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