The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), has, on Friday, reported 517 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 918 883.

This increase represents a 1.7% positivity rate.

As per the National Department of Health, a further 56 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88 891 to date.

COVID-19 cases in South Africa:

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About 18 314 612 tests have been conducted in both public and private sector.

The majority of new cases are from KwaZulu-Natal (24%), followed by Free State and Western Cape (17% each).

Gauteng Province accounted for 13%; Eastern Cape accounted for 8%; North West and Mpumalanga each accounted for 7%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

NICD continues to provide laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response towards COVID-19 in South Africa.

In the video below, shows that 85% of COVID-19 cases in Africa remain undetected: