LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (16 October 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 619 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,916,179. This increase represents a 2.2% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 25 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88,587 to date.

18,151,283 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
PRIVATE 9,780,240 54% 14,580 51%
PUBLIC 8,371,043 46% 14,005 49%
Total 18,151,283 28,585

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (21%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal accounting for 19%. Gauteng accounted for 15%; Eastern Cape and Free State each accounted for 11% respectively; Northern Cape accounted for 9%; North West accounted for 7%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; and Limpopo accounted for 3% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:

Province Total cases for 15 Oct 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 15 Oct 2021 New cases on 16 Oct 2021 Total cases for 16 Oct 2021 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 291,868 0 291,868 67 291,935 10,0
Free State 162,702 0 162,702 65 162,767 5,6
Gauteng 918,318 0 918,318 93 918,411 31,5
KwaZulu-Natal 514,399 0 514,399 116 514,515 17,6
Limpopo 122,100 0 122,100 20 122,120 4,2
Mpumalanga 151,550 0 151,550 34 151,584 5,2
North West 150,217 0 150,217 42 150,259 5,2
Northern Cape 91,902 0 91,902 53 91,955 3,2
Western Cape 512,504 0 512,504 129 512,633 17,6
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0,0
Total 2,915,560 0 2,915,560 619 2,916,179 100,0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 619) is lower than yesterday (n= 733) and lower than the average number of cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 669).

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 34 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 258 200,167 36,920 2,948
Public 408 232,646 56,694 2,095
TOTAL 666 432,813 93,614 5,043

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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