The NICD reports 1,151 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 659 698. This increase represents a 7.4% 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 137 deaths and of these, 7 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 98,804 to date.
22,896,483 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 (40%), followed by North West and Western Cape, each accounting for 17%. Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 9%; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Free State accounted for 4%. Eastern Cape and Limpopo each accounted for 2% respectively; and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.
The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 20 February 2022||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 20 February 2022||New cases on 21 February 2022||Total cases for 21 February 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 7.4%, which is higher than yesterday (7.2%). The 7-day average is 8.1% today, which is higher than yesterday (8.0%).
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There has been an increase of 42 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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