1 659 new coronavirus cases reported in SA

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported 1 659 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 735 578.

This increase represents a 7.5% positivity rate. The majority of new cases on Wednesday are from Gauteng Province (47%), followed by Western Cape (23%).

The institute says due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported.

“Today, the NDoH reports 16 deaths, and of these, one occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 100 132 to date,” says the institute in a statement.

24 116 414 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

Below are the latest coronavirus statistics: