The current surge in COVID-19 infections seems to be showing signs of a sustained downward trend. Today the institute reports 4 215 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 873 415. This increase represents a 9.3% positivity rate.
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.
As per the National Department of Health, a further 311 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 85 779 to date.
17 236 691 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
|PRIVATE||9 324 991||54%||19 261||42%|
|PUBLIC||7 911 700||46%||26 081||58%|
|Total||17 236 691||45 342|
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (21%), followed by Eastern Cape (20%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 19%; Free State accounted for 12%; Gauteng Province accounted for 10%; Northern Cape accounted for 7%; North West accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 4%; 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 September 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 15 September 2021||New cases on 16 September 2021||Total cases for 16 September 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 4 215) is lower than yesterday (n= 4 667) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 4 339). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.
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There has been an increase of 275 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|
|Private||255||196 320||35 987||4 412|
|Public||409||226 684||55 097||4 972|
|TOTAL||664||423 004||91 084||9 384|
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Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases