WEEKLY EPIDEMIOLOGICAL BRIEF

This report summarises data from national laboratory-based surveillance that is used to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. This report is based on data collected up to 27 February 2021 (week 8 of 2021).  

Key highlights

  • As of 27 February 2021, a total of 1 513 393 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases including 49 993 deaths had been detected in South Africa.
  • In week 8, Northern Cape Province reported the highest weekly incidence risk (28.4 cases per 100 000 persons), followed by the Free State Province (20.0 cases per 100 000 persons), and the Western Cape Province (19.3 cases per 100 000 persons).
  • In keeping with past six weeks, in the past week, all provinces reported a decrease in weekly incidence risk, compared to the previous week. The decrease in weekly incidence risk ranged from 1.6 cases per 100 000 persons (9.5%% decrease) in the KwaZulu-Natal Province to 8.2 cases per 100 000 persons (22.4% decrease) in the Northern Cape Province.

COVID-19 WEEKLY EPIDEMIOLOGICAL BRIEF WEEK 8 (2021)

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