LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (14 December 2021)

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 23,884 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,204,642. This increase represents a 34.9% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 24 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90,172 to date. 

20,352,343 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
Private 10,961,419 53.9% 29,999 43.8%
Public 9,390,924 46.1% 38,438 56.2%
Total 20,352,343   100.0% 68,437  100.0%

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (36%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (22%). Western Cape accounted for 13%; Eastern Cape accounted for 7%; Free State and North West each accounted for 6% respectively; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; Limpopo accounted for 3%; and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:

Province Total cases for 13 December 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 13 December 2021 New cases on 14 December 2021 Total cases for

14 December 2021

Percentage total
Eastern Cape 300,724 0 300,724 1,744 302,468 9.4
Free State 173,348 0 173,348 1,409 174,757 5.5
Gauteng 1,069,565 -27 1,069,538 8,685 1,078,223 33.6
KwaZulu-Natal 543,045 0 543,045 5,205 548,250 17.1
Limpopo 131,597 0 131,597 767 132,364 4.1
Mpumalanga 164,205 0 164,205 1,108 165,313 5.2
North West 165,462 0 165,462 1,453 166,915 5.2
Northern Cape 95,286 0 95,286 333 95,619 3.0
Western Cape 537,553 0 537,553 3,180 540,733 16.9
Total 3,180,785 -27 3,180,758 23,884 3,204,642 100.0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 34,9% which is higher than yesterday (31,0%). The 7-day average is 27,2% today, which is higher than yesterday (25,8 %).

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 599 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 258 207,040 37,537 2,800
Public 407 243,470 57,582 4,095
TOTAL 665 450,510 95,119 6,895

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.

Kind regards,
Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases

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