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 1 662 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 931 534. This increase represents an 13.7% 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 19 deaths, and of these, 8 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 100,952 to date.
25 081 137 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 (39%) followed by Western Cape (22%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 13%; Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 5% respectively; Eastern Cape and Northern Cape each accounted for 4% respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s cases. The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 22 May 2022||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 22 May 2022||Incident infections for 23 May 2022||Possible reinfections for 23 May 2022||New cases on 23 May 2022||Total cases for 23 May 2022||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (13.7%), and is lower than yesterday (16.7%). The 7-day average is (19.8%) today, and is lower than yesterday (20.3%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.
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There has been an increase of 83 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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- 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
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