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 942 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,913,880. This increase represents a 2.4% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 37 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88,466 to date.
18,055,424 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (23%), followed by Gauteng Province accounting for 18%. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 15%; Free State accounted for 11%; Eastern Cape and Northern Cape each accounted for 10% respectively; North West accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 12 Oct 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 12 Oct 2021||New cases on 13 Oct 2021||Total cases for 13 Oct 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 942) is higher than yesterday (n= 592) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 730).
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There has been an increase of 70 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|
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- 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
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Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases