Please note that due to a technical problem, the reported number of new tests in the public sector for today includes tests from 25 May 2020 that were not reflected in yesterday’s report.
Key highlight of the Respiratory Pathogens Surveillance Report week 20:
The 2020 influenza season has not yet started, with no influenza detections in the last week. Sustained detections of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and to a lesser extent influenza B(Victoria) were made from Western Cape Province, in all surveillance programmes from week 2 to week 15, but numbers have now reduced.
Key highlight of the Epidemiological brief week 20:
Western Cape Province continues to report the highest total number of cases, 60% (9 293/15 514) of total cases, an increase of 9% since the last report. The incidence risk (cumulative incidence) was highest in the Western Cape Province (135.8 cases per 100 000 persons; 95% confidence interval [CI] 133.0-138.6) followed by Eastern Cape (28.8 per 100 000 persons 95% CI 27.6-30.2) and Gauteng (15.4 per 100 000 persons; 95%CI 14.7-16.0). In the last week incidence increased by 60.3, 10.6 and 2.5 persons per 100 000 persons in Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng, respectively.
Key highlight of the Testing Summary week 20:
Overall proportion testing positive was 3.8%, however an increased proportion testing positive was observed in the week of 4-10 May
(4.8%) and 11-17 May (5.0%).
Key highlight of the Sentinel Hospital Surveillance Update Week 20:
As of 18 May, 2,115 COVID-19 admissions were reported from 202 facilities (52 public-sector and 150 private-sector) in all nine provinces of South Africa. Half of reported admissions were reported from public sector 50% (1052/2115). The majority of COVID-19 admissions were reported from three provinces, 1278 (60%) in Western Cape, 267 (13%) in KwaZulu-Natal and 262 (12%) in Gauteng.