LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (16 August 2021)

STATEMENT

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues the monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 in order to inform the public health response.

Today the institute reports 7 983 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 613 569. This increase represents a 21.1% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 299 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 77 440 to date.

15 633 622 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

 Sector Total tested New tested
Private 8 631 262 55% 13 991 37%
Public 7 002 360 45% 23 900 63%
Total 15 633 622   37 891

 

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (27%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (24%). Eastern Cape accounted for 18%; Gauteng and Northern Cape accounted for 9% each; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Free State accounted for 6%; North West accounted for 3%; 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 15 August 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 15 August  2021 New cases on 16 August 2021 Total cases for 16 August 2021 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 242 970 2 242 972 1 438 244410 9,4
Free State 136 958 1 136 959 472 137431 5,3
Gauteng 889 102 -19 889 083 694 889777 34,0
KwaZulu-Natal 430 789 6 430 795 1 949 432744 16,6
Limpopo 116 441 1 116 442 78 116520 4,5
Mpumalanga 135 515 2 135 517 520 136037 5,2
North West 136 289 1 136 290 241 136531 5,2
Northern Cape 72 908 -10 72 898 472 73370 2,8
Western Cape 444 614 16 444 630 2 119 446749 17,1
Total 2 605 586 0 2 605 586 7983 2613569 100

 

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 7 983) is lower than yesterday (n= 10 139) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=10 490).

The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased.

For more detailed information, visit the GIS Dashboard.

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 331 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 257 184 312 33 388 6 826
Public 411 203 535 49 456 7 214
TOTAL 668 387 847 82 844 14 040

VACCINE UPDATE
For updates on the national vaccine programme, click here.

Thank you for your interest and remember that adhering to preventative measures limits your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. For more information on COVID-19, click here.

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

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