The current surge in COVID-19 infections seems to be showing signs of a sustained downward trend. Today the institute reports 2,197 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,886,331. This increase represents a 6.1% 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 160 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 86,376 to date. 17,410,204 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
|PRIVATE||9 405 141||54%||18 288||51%|
|PUBLIC||8 005 063||46%||17 531||49%|
|Total||17 410 204||35 819|
The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (27%), followed by Western Cape (17%). Eastern Cape accounted for 15%; Free State accounted for 14%; Gauteng Province accounted for 12%; Mpumalanga and Northern Cape each accounted for 6% respectively; North West 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 20 Sept 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 20 Sept 2021||New cases on 21 Sept 2021||Total cases for 21 Sept 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 2 197) is higher than yesterday (n= 1 504) but lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 3 114). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.
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There has been an increase of 175 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|
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Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases