The NICD reports 2,800 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,654,824. This increase represents an 8.4% 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 343 deaths and of these, 4 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 98,298 to date.
22,830,172 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 Western Cape (19%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 13%; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; North West accounted for 6%; Free State and Limpopo each accounted for 5% respectively; Eastern Cape accounted for 4%; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 17 Feb 2022||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 17 Feb 2022||New cases on 18 Feb 2022||Total cases for 18 Feb 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 8.4%, which is lower than yesterday (8.8%). The 7-day average is 8.2% today, and is the same as yesterday (8.2%).
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There has been an increase of 104 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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