The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has reported that 14 701 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 2 283 880. This increase represents a 29.1% positivity rate.
The death toll has risen to 66 676 after 291 new fatalities were reported.
The institute says 14 205 299 tests have been conducted so far, in both public and private sectors.
It says there has been an increase of 546 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
#COVID19Surveillance Of the 298,882 admissions, 72.4% of patients were discharged alive or transferred out and 22.3% of patients regrettably lost their lives in hospital. Condolences to the families who lost loved ones. Ream more here https://t.co/YBWMHv6JmK pic.twitter.com/5pF6DNS9Zk
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The majority of new cases for Saturday’s report are from Gauteng with 43%, followed by Western Cape at 16%. Limpopo accounted for 10%; North West accounted for 8%; KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga each accounted for 7%; Eastern Cape accounted for 5%; Free State accounted for 3% and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of new cases.
The institute says the 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.
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