LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (23 March 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 1 393 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 707 089. This increase represents a 5.7% 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 6 deaths and of these, 0 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 99 899 to date.

23 643 793 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
Private 12,853,404 54.4% 14,935 61.1%
Public 10,790,389 45.6% 9,518 38.9%
Total 23,643,793 100.0% 24,453 100.0%

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng Province (34%), followed by Western Cape (25%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 22%; Eastern Cape accounted for 5%; Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 3% respectively; and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:

Province Total cases for 22 March 2022 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 22 March 2022 Incident infections for 23 March 2022 Possible reinfections for 23 March 2022 New cases on 23 March 2022 Total cases for 23 March 2022 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 344547 0 344547 57 7 64 344611 9.3
Free State 201978 0 201978 41 5 46 202024 5.4
Gauteng 1204270 0 1204270 426 54 480 1204750 32.5
KwaZulu-Natal 657751 0 657751 273 30 303 658054 17.8
Limpopo 155537 0 155537 39 7 46 155583 4.2
Mpumalanga 192841 0 192841 38 5 43 192884 5.2
North West 192522 0 192522 45 3 48 192570 5.2
Northern Cape 108767 0 108767 13 2 15 108782 2.9
Western Cape 647483 0 647483 300 48 348 647831 17.5
Total 3705696 0 3705696 1232 161 1393 3707089 100.0

 

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

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 5.7%, which is higher than yesterday (4.7%). The 7-day average is 5.4% today, which is the same as yesterday (5.4%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 41 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 231932 39368 776
Public 407 278741 62160 1204
TOTAL 666 510673 101528 1980

 

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.
Kind regards,

Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager

National Institute for Communicable Diseases

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