LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (1 February 2022)

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.

Today the institute reports 3,085 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,608,307. This increase represents an 8.8% positivity rate.

Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports 195 deaths and of these, 23 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 95,288 to date.

22,303,586 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
Private 12,070,398 54.1% 20,961 59.8%
Public 10,233,188 45.9% 14,106 40.2%
Total 22,303,586 100.0% 35,067 100.0%


PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (32%), followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape accounting for 14% respectively. Mpumalanga accounted for 9%; Free State and Limpopo each accounted for 8% respectively; North West accounted for 7%; Eastern Cape accounted for 6%; and Northern Cape accounted for 3% of today’s new cases.

The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:

Province Total cases for 31 January 2022 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 31 January 2022 New cases on 01 February 2022 Total cases for 01 February 2022 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 340,904 2 340,906 185 341,091 9,5
Free State 196,765 2 196,767 233 197,000 5,5
Gauteng 1,168,278 -32 1,168,246 1001 1,169,247 32,4
KwaZulu-Natal 642,649 8 642,657 419 643076 17,8
Limpopo 150,618 2 150,620 245 150,865 4,2
Mpumalanga 184,981 9 184,990 268 185,258 5,1
North West 186,000 4 186,004 221 186,225 5,2
Northern Cape 106,981 0 106,981 86 107,067 3,0
Western Cape 628,046 5 628,051 427 628,478 17,4
Total 3,605,222 0 3,605,222 3,085 3,608,307 100,0


THE 7-DAY MOVIN
G AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 8.8%, which is higher than yesterday (8.1%). The 7-day average is 9.7% today, and is the same as yesterday (9.7%).

For more detailed information, visit the GIS Dashboard.

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS

There has been an increase of 103 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.

Sector Facilities Reporting Admissions
to Date
Died to Date Currently Admitted
Private 259 225,517 38,865 2,421
Public 407 272,190 61,404 2,773
TOTAL 666 497,707 100,269 5,194


VACCINE UPDATE

For updates on the national vaccine programme, click here.

Thank you for your interest and remember that adhering to the following preventative measures helps to limit your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

  • Getting vaccinated for COVID-19
  • Wearing your mask properly to cover your nose
  • Opting to gather in ventilated spaces
  • Avoid unnecessary gatherings
  • Keeping a social distance of one meter or more
  • Washing your hands regularly in the day with soap and water

For more information on COVID-19, click here.

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