This report summarises data of COVID-19 cases admitted to DATCOV hospital surveillance sites in all provinces collected up to 18 September 2021 (week 37 of 2021).

Key highlights

  • As of 18 September 2021, 424,509 COVID-19 admissions and 91,476 in-hospital deaths were reported from 664 facilities (409 public-sector and 255 private-sector) in all nine provinces of South Africa.
  • Increased admissions were observed in all provinces during the third wave, which peaked in week 27. The third wave resurgence first emerged in Free State and Northern Cape, peaking in week 21, then a second increase in admissions occurred in weeks 26-33. Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga next experienced resurgence and all peaked around week 27-29. A later resurgence occurred in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape, and these provinces peaked in weeks 31 -33. All provinces have shown sustained post-peak decreases in admissions.
  • The weekly numbers of admissions in the third wave have surpassed the peak of admissions in the second wave in Gauteng and North West in both sectors, and in Free State, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape in the private sector.