The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported 1 332 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 582 691.
This increase represents a 7.8% positivity rate.
Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health, there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported.
NDoH reports 88 deaths and of these, 14 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 94 265 to date.
About 22 041 433 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (35%), followed by Western Cape (17%).
KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 16%; Mpumalanga accounted for 9%; Free State, Limpopo and North West each accounted for 6% respectively; Eastern Cape accounted for 3%; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.
The NICD, a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues to provide laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response towards COVID-19 in South Africa.