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 10,346 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2, 708, 951. This increase represents a 18.6% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 369 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 79 953 to date.
16,096,581 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 KwaZulu-Natal (31%), followed by Western Cape and Eastern Cape which accounted for 20% each. Gauteng Province accounted for 9%; Free State accounted for 7%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; Northern Cape and North West accounted for 3% each; and Limpopo Province accounted for 2% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 23 August 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 23 August 2021||New cases on 24 August 2021||Total cases for 24 August 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 10 346) is higher than yesterday (n= 7 632) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 12 100)
The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased
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There has been an increase of 493 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