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.
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
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.
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.