LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (16 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 24,785 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,255,816. This increase represents a 30.9% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 36 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90,262 to date. 

20,516,511 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
Private 11,054,459 53.9% 43,312 53.9%
Public 9,462,052 46.1% 36,992 46.1%
Total 20,516,511 100.0% 80,304 100.0%

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (27%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (23%). Western Cape accounted for 19%; Eastern Cape accounted for 9%; Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; Limpopo and North West each accounted for 4%; 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 15 December 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 15 December 2021 New cases on 16 December 2021 Total cases for

16 December 2021

Percentage total
Eastern Cape 304,724 -2 304,722 2,248 306,970 9,4
Free State 176,327 0 176,327 1,426 177,753 5,5
Gauteng 1,085,799 4 1,085,803 6,744 1,092,547 33,6
KwaZulu-Natal 554,137 3 554,140 5,821 559,961 17,2
Limpopo 133,578 2 133,580 968 134,548 4,1
Mpumalanga 166,740 -8 166,732 1,286 168,018 5,2
North West 168,353 1 168,354 1,070 169,424 5,2
Northern Cape 96,221 0 96,221 623 96,844 3,0
Western Cape 545,152 0 545,152 4,599 549,751 16,9
Total 3,231,031 0 3,231,031 24,785 3,255,816 100,0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 30.9% which is lower than yesterday (32.2%). The 7-day average is 28.1% today, which is higher than yesterday (28.0%).

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 347 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 259 208,184 37,561 3,075
Public 407 244,900 57,658 4,539
TOTAL 666 453,084 95,219 7,614

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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