As of Wednesday, South Africa has registered a total of 3,665,149 cases of Covid-19, with 3,118 new cases in the past 24 hours.
This increase represents a 8.7% positivity rate, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD)a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has announced.
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (36%), followed by the Western Cape (21%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 15%; Mpumalanga accounted for 9% and North West accounted for 7%. Free State accounts for 4%; Eastern Cape and Limpopo each accounted for 3%, respectively, and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.
“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 110 deaths and of these, 6 occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total number of fatalities to date to 98,978,” the NICD said.
22,964,127 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.
There is an increase of 86 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
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