The NICD reports 18,847 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,393,109. This increase represents a 29.4% positivity rate.
As per the National Department of Health, a further 81COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90,743 to date.
20,980,990 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 KwaZulu-Natal (26%), followed by Western Cape (25%). Gauteng accounted for 18%; Eastern Cape accounted for 11% and Free State and North West each accounted for 5%. Limpopo and Mpumalanga each accounted for 4% and Northern Cape accounted for 3% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 23 December 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 23 December 2021||New cases on 24 December 2021||Total cases for 24 December 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 29.4% which is higher than yesterday (29.1%). The 7-day average is 29.4% today, which is lower than yesterday (29.6%).
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There has been an increase of 321 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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