The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has on Sunday reported 1 752 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 623 962.
This increase represents an 8.0% positivity rate.
The NICD has also cautioned that owing to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported.
The department has reported 18 deaths and of these, eight occurred in the past 24–48 hours.
This brings the total fatalities to 95 835 to date.
According to NICD about 22 464 999 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (34%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal (17%). Western Cape accounted for 15%; Mpumalanga accounted for 9% and North West accounted for 8%.
Free State and Limpopo each accounted for 5%; Eastern Cape accounted for 3% and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases
The National Health Laboratory Service, continues to provide laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response towards COVID-19 in South Africa.