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 14,858 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,342,330. This increase represents a 26.5% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 433 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 68,625 to date.
14,425,215 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 (34%), followed by the Western Cape (22%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 11%; Limpopo and North West each accounted for 8%; Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; Eastern Cape accounted for 5%; Free State accounted for 4%; and the Northern Cape 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 21 July 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 21 July 2021||New cases on 22 July 2021||Total cases for 22 July 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 14 858) is lower than yesterday (n= 16 240) but higher than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 12 727). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.
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There has been an increase of 720 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