The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, reports that 11,767 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa in the past 24 hours, representing a 22.6% positivity rate. The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases now stands at 1,786,079. A further 100 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 58,323. For more detailed information, visit the GIS Dashboard.
The total number of cases today is lower than yesterday but higher than the average number of new cases per day over the seven preceding days. The positivity has increased from yesterday.
12,383,955 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below:
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (64%), followed by Western Cape (11%). North West accounted for 6%; Free State, KwaZulu-Natal & Mpumalanga each accounted for 4% respectively; Eastern Cape & Northern Cape each accounted for 3% respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of today’s cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown below:
|Province||New cases on 17 June 2021||Total cases for 17 June 2021||Percentage total|
An increase of 347 Hospital admissions have been reported in the past 24 hours.
A summary of reported COVID-19 hospital admissions is shown below:
|Died to Date||Currently Admitted|
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Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases