Senior Researcher at the CSIR Dr Ridhwaan Suliman says the downward trend of COVID-19 infection numbers is good news and shows that the country has passed the peak of the third wave but people still need to adhere to the coronavirus hygiene protocols.

Dr Suliman’s weekly COVID-19 stats analysis:

“Test positivity rate is showing a decline of around 11-percent over the past week which is good. I think this decline in the test positivity rate confirms that the country has surpassed the peak of the third wave. It is still high at an average of 26,2 percent, meaning that 1-in every 4 tests conducted is yielding a positive result so we do need to remain vigilant and not become complacent at this stage.”

South Africa has recorded 9 718  new COVID-19 cases, taking the total since the outbreak of the pandemic to 2 377 823.

The country recorded a further 287 COVID-19 related deaths, taking the total fatalities to 69 775.

The NICD in its latest report says, “This increase represents a 26.6% positivity rate. 14 563 847 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors .”

Gauteng still has the most cases in the report with 2 674.

The NICD breaks down the provincial cases, “The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (28%), followed by the Western Cape (25%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 14%; Limpopo and Mpumalanga each accounted for 8%; Eastern Cape and North West each accounted for 6%; Free State accounted for 3%; and the Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases. ”

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