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SA Reports 8 881 New COVID-19 Cases

Deputy Minister Thembi Siweya visits Transnet School of Rail Esselen Park, Quarantine site for Covid 19. Photo GCIS

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases reports that 8 881 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, which represents a 16.5% positivity testing rate.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1 712 939.

11 985 750 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

SectorTotal testedNew tested
PRIVATE6,760,44556%34,11863%
PUBLIC5,225,30544%19,61437%
Total11,985,75053,732

The increase number of tests and cases, and increased positivity are all evidence of the predicted third surge in COVID-19 cases, and not artifacts of data loading or increased laboratory turn-around times.

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS

There was an increase of 1,150 admissions in the past 24 hours, the largest increase being in Gauteng province with 587 new admissions. There were 135 additional in-hospital deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

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