This report summarises data from COVID-19 cases admitted to sentinel hospital surveillance sites in all provinces. The report is based on data collected from 5 March to 02 January 2021 (week 53 of 2020).   

Key highlights:

  • As of 2 January 2021, 147,308 COVID-19 admissions and 26,143 deaths were reported from 625 facilities (375 public-sector and 250 private-sector) in all nine provinces of South Africa.
  • There has been a resurgence in admissions in all provinces. The weekly admissions and deaths in the second wave have exceeded the numbers at the peak of the first wave in Eastern Cape, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo. Between week 52 and week 53, the number of COVID-19 admissions increased in five provinces, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, North West and Western Cape. Decreases in the most recent week may reflect delays in data submission particularly over the New Year’s long weekend.
  • The resurgence in admissions in Eastern Cape started in week 40; a decrease has been observed in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro since week 47 and in Sarah Baartman since week 48.
  • The resurgence in admissions started in Western Cape in week 43; a decrease has been observed since week 49 in Garden Route.
  • The resurgence in admissions started in KwaZulu-Natal in week 46; in Gauteng in week 48; with increased admissions observed in Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West and in Northern Cape starting in week 48 and 49.


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