The current surge in COVID-19 infections seems to be showing signs of a sustained downward trend. Today the institute reports 7 338 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 836 773. This increase represents a 13.3% positivity rate.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues to provide laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response towards COVID-19 in South Africa.
“Although the total number of cases today is higher than yesterday (n= 5 372) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the previous seven days, the number of new cases and positivity rate have decreased nationally compared to last week,” says NICD Acting Executive Director Prof Adrian Puren. While there have been provincial disparities in the timing and extent of the third resurgence, he adds that all nine provinces are currently exhibiting a drop in daily new cases. “The provinces of Gauteng and Limpopo have already met the end-of-wave threshold criteria.”
As per the National Department of Health, a further 253 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 84 152 to date.
16 878 061 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
|PRIVATE||9 155 865||54%||26 173||47%|
|PUBLIC||7 722 196||46%||29 182||53%|
|Total||16 878 061||55 355|
The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (26%), followed by Western Cape (22%). Eastern Cape accounted for 17%; Free State accounted for 11%; Gauteng Province accounted for 8%; Northern Cape & North West each accounted for 5% respectively; Mpumalanga accounted for 4%, and Limpopo Province accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.
While the latest trends certainly provide some good news, Dr Michelle Groome, Head of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response cautions that “now is not the time for complacency”. She adds that wearing masks, hand hygiene and social distancing remain important measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
The number of hospitalisations and deaths have also decreased compared to last week. A total of almost 14 million vaccine doses have been administered, with over 10 million people fully vaccinated as of 7 September 2021 in South Africa. High vaccine coverage is essential to limit the impact of the virus on our lives and livelihoods in the coming months. “We all have a part to play by getting vaccinated and encouraging our family, friends and colleagues to do the same” appeals, Dr Groome.
The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 07 September 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 07 September 2021||New cases on 08 September 2021||Total cases for 08 September 2021|
|Eastern Cape||278 271||0||278 271||1 251||279 522|
|Free State||153 436||0||153 436||791||154 227|
|Gauteng||909 388||0||909 388||599||909 987|
|KwaZulu-Natal||494 482||0||494 482||1 923||496 405|
|Limpopo||120 766||0||120 766||121||120 887|
|Mpumalanga||147 269||0||147 269||310||147 579|
|North West||145 704||0||145 704||356||146 060|
|Northern Cape||84 726||-1||84 725||396||85 121|
|Western Cape||495 393||1||495 394||1 591||496 985|
|Total||2 829 435||0||2 829 435||7 338||2 836 773|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n=7 338) is higher than yesterday (n= 5 372) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=7 082)
The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased
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There has been an increase of 360 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.
|Died to Date||Currently Admitted|
|Private||255||194 328||35 491||5 206|
|Public||409||222 577||54 106||6 002|
|TOTAL||664||416 905||89 597||11 208|
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Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases