The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues the monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 in order to inform the public health response.
Today the institute reports 5 575 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 461 758. This increase represents a 21.9% positivity rate.
As per the National Department of Health, a further 246 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 72 437 to date.
14 926 582 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
|PRIVATE||8 305 131||56%||12 386||49%|
|PUBLIC||6 621 451||44%||13 103||51%|
|Total||14 926 582||25 489|
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (32%), followed by Gauteng (19%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 18%; Eastern Cape accounted for 8%; Northern Cape accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Free State and North West accounted for 4% each; 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 01 August 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 01 August 2021||New cases on 02 August 2021||Total cases for 02 August 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 5 575) is lower than yesterday (n= 8 791) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 11 256)
7-day moving average number of new cases by province and date of reporting, 12 April 2020 to date, South Africa.
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There has been an increase of 415 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||257||175 630||31 429||7 855|
|Public||412||191 998||46 216||7 855|
|TOTAL||669||367 628||77 645||15 710|
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Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases