THE INITIAL AND DAILY COVID-19 EFFECTIVE REPRODUCTIVE NUMBER IN SOUTH AFRICA
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 6 September 2021 (week 36 of 2021).
- National R estimates increased during the first weeks of level 3 lockdown then decreased towards the end of August and through early September 2021.
- Province-level R estimates increased or remained steady during the first half of level 3 lockdown in late July, August, and early September, then decreased towards the end of August and through early September 2021.
- R estimates were close to or below one in all nine provinces at the end of the estimation period, indicating stable or decreasing transmission. It remains essential that recommended measures to control the spread of COVID-19, including physical distancing, hand hygiene, good ventilation, adherence to venue capacity limits, and wearing of masks, are consistently implemented.