The NICD reports 1,682 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,700,484. This increase represents a 5.8% positivity rate.
Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports 62 deaths and of these, 3 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 99,829 to date.
23,514,233 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (34%), followed by Western Cape (29%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 19% and Mpumalanga accounted for 5%. Eastern Cape, Free State and North West each accounted for 3% respectively; and Limpopo & Northern Cape each accounted for 2% respectively of today’s new cases
The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:
|Total cases for 16 March 2022||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 16 March 2022||Incident infections for 17 March 2022||Possible reinfections for 17 March 2022||New cases on 17 March 2022||Total cases for 17 March 2022||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 5.8%, which is lower than yesterday (6.2 %). The 7-day average is 5.9% today, which is the lower than yesterday (6.0%)
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There has been an increase of 41 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.
|Died to Date||Currently Admitted|
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