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NICD Reports 3 962 New COVID-19 Cases

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The institute reports 3 962 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 572 860. This increase represents a 10.6% 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 139 deaths and of these, 31 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 93 846 to date.

21 933 255 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

SectorTotal testedNew tested
Private11,851,32554%20,62655%
Public10,081,93046%16,85845%
Total21,933,25537,484

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng Province (23%), followed by Western Cape (21%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 17%; Limpopo accounted for 10%; Mpumalanga accounted for 8%; North West accounted for 7%; Free State accounted for 6%; Eastern Cape accounted for 5%; and Northern Cape accounted for 3% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:

ProvinceTotal cases for 19 January 2022Adjusted numbers after harmonisationUpdated total cases on 19 January 2022New cases on 20 January 2022Total cases for 20 January 2022Percentage total
Eastern Cape33906903390692163392859.5
Free State19468601946862191949055.5
Gauteng1157777-301157747928115867532.4
KwaZulu-Natal637611263761368163829417.9
Limpopo14677391467824121471944.1
Mpumalanga18146391814722981817705.1
North West18352381835312601837915.1
Northern Cape10601201060121351061473.0
Western Cape621986062198681362279917.4
Total3568900-2356889839623572860100.0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 10.6%, which is the same as yesterday (10.6%). The 7-day average is 10.8% today, which is lower than yesterday (11.4%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 135 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.

SectorFacilities ReportingAdmissions
to Date
Died to DateCurrently Admitted
Private259223508386652837
Public407268662608604222
TOTAL666492170995257059

VACCINE UPDATE
For updates on the national vaccine programme, click here.

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