NICD reports 2 489 new COVID-19 cases, nine deaths

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the coronavirus test positivity rate was 7.6% in the latest 24-hour reporting period, which is still above the level at which the spread of the virus is considered to be under control.

The institute reports 2 489 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 637 673.

The NICD says in the latest 24 to 48-hour period, nine people died from COVID-19. The overall death toll now stands at 96 985.





Gauteng continues to record most of the new infections in the country followed by the Western Cape and Kwazulu Natal.

“The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (38%), followed by Western Cape (17%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 14%; Mpumalanga accounted for 9%; Limpopo and North West each accounted for 6% respectively; Free State accounted for 5%; Eastern Cape accounted for 3%; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases,” notes the NICD.