This report summarises national laboratory testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, in South Africa. This report is based on data collected up to 27 February 2021 (week 8 of 2021).   

Key highlights:

  • Testing rates were highest in week 8 in the Western Cape (409 per 100,000 persons) and Gauteng (375 per 100,000 persons) provinces, and lowest in Limpopo (81 per 100,000 persons).
  • In week 8 the percentage testing positive was 5.7%, which had decreased from a peak of 34.7% in week 53 of 2020 and was lower than observed since May 2020.
  • The percentage testing positive in week 8 was highest in the Northern Cape (10.6%) and Mpumalanga (9.7%) provinces. The percentage testing positive was 5-9% in the Western Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Limpopo, and was <5% in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.
  • In week 8, compared to the previous week, the percentage testing positive decreased in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo, and was unchanged in the Northern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Mpumalanga.


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