The NICD reports 1 980 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,698,803. This increase represents a 6.2% 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 40 deaths and of these, 3 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 99,767 to date.
23,485,052 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 (39%), followed by Western Cape (25%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 16%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; Eastern Cape. Free State and North West accounted for 4% each; Limpopo accounted for 2%; 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 15 March 2022||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 15 March 2022||Incident infections for 16 March 2022||Possible reinfections for 16 March 2022||New cases on 16 March 2022||Total cases for 16 March 2022|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 6.2%, which is higher than yesterday (5.8%). The 7-day average is 6.0% today, which is the same as yesterday (6.0%)
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There has been an increase of 46 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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