SA records 1 004 new COVID-19 cases, positivity rate below 10%

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South Africa has recorded 1 004 new COVID-19 cases which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 3 954 971. This increase represents a 9.4% positivity rate.

According to the NICD, “Today, the Department of Health reports 16 deaths and of these four deaths occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. The cumulative COVID-19 deaths are 100 162 to date.”

25 242 686 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

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COVID-19 developments 

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