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 12 June 2021 (week 23 of 2021).

Key highlights:

  • The number of tests reported in week 23 of 2021 (n=301,818) was higher than the previous week.
  • The testing rate in week 23 was 506 per 100,000 persons; highest in Gauteng (882 per 100,000 persons) and lowest in Limpopo (114 per 100,000 persons).
  • In week 23 the percentage testing positive was 17.9%, which was 4.1% higher than the previous week.
  • The percentage testing positive in week 23 was highest in the Gauteng (24.4%), North West (21.7%), Northern Cape (20.8%), Free State (18.2%), Limpopo (16.9%), Mpumalanga (16.1%) and Western Cape (11.3%) provinces. The percentage testing positive was less than 10% in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
  • In week 23, compared to the previous week, the percentage testing positive increased in all provinces except in the Northern Cape, where it remained unchanged.


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