LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (18 January 2022)

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 3 658 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 564 578. This increase represents a 9.2% positivity rate. 

Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports 100 deaths and of these, 30 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 93 551 to date.

21 855 117 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
Private 11,808,075 54% 21,869 55.1%
Public 10,047,042 46% 17,785 44.9%
Total 21,855,117   39,654  

 

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng Province and KwaZulu-Natal (22% each), followed by Western Cape (20%). Eastern Cape accounted for 9%; Limpopo accounted for 8%; North West accounted for 6%; Free State and Mpumalanga each accounted for 5% respectively; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:

Province Total cases for 17 January 2022 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 17 January 2022 New cases on 18 January 2022 Total cases for 18 January 2022 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 338410 0 338410 329 338739 9.5
Free State 194294 4 194298 191 194489 5.5
Gauteng 1155973 -27 1155946 814 1156760 32.5
KwaZulu-Natal 636108 1 636109 794 636903 17.9
Limpopo 145988 1 145989 305 146294 4.1
Mpumalanga 181065 8 181073 191 181264 5.1
North West 183064 12 183076 202 183278 5.1
Northern Cape 105764 -4 105760 87 105847 3.0
Western Cape 620255 4 620259 745 621004 17.4
Total 3560921 -1 3560920 3658 3564578 100.0

 

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 9.2% which is lower than yesterday (9.3%). The 7-day average is 12.1% today, which is lower than yesterday (12.8%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 198 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 222770 38607 2857
Public 407 267776 60746 4506
TOTAL 666 490546 99353 7363

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.

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