Today the institute reports 6,787 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,540,222. This increase represents a 21.7% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 199 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 75,012 to date.
15,288,559 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 the Western Cape (29%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (21%). Gauteng province accounted for 15%; Eastern Cape accounted for 10%; Mpumalanga, Free State and Northern Cape each accounted for 6% respectively; North West accounted for 5% and Limpopo province accounted for 2% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 08 August 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 08 August 2021||New cases on 09 August 2021||Total cases for 09 August 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n=6 787) is lower than yesterday (n=10 008) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=11 264). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased.
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There has been an increase of 241 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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