The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported 2 411 new COVID-19 cases in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 3 667 560. This increase represents a 7.8% positivity rate.
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (36%), followed by Western Cape (20%). KwaZulu Natal accounted for 18%; Mpumalanga accounted for 8% and Free State accounted for 6%.
The NICD says due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported.
“Today, the National Department of Health reports 40 deaths and of these, seven occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 99 018 to date,” says the NICD in a statement.
22 994 945 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.
Below are the latest coronavirus statistics: