LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (25 JULY 2021)

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 9,718 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,377,823. This increase represents a 26.6% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 287 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to  69,775 to date.

14,563,847 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
Private 8,136,896 56% 18,375 50%
Public 6,426,951 44% 18,194 50%
Total 14,563,847 36,569

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (28%), followed by the Western Cape (25%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 14%; Limpopo and Mpumalanga each accounted for 8%; Eastern Cape and North West each accounted for 6%; Free State accounted for 3%; and the Northern Cape 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 24 July 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 24 July  2021 New cases on 25 July 2021 Total cases for 25 July 2021
Eastern Cape 222,934 1 222,935 542 223,477
Free State 125,956 0 125,956 320 126,276
Gauteng 840,553 -23 840,530 2,674 843,204
KwaZulu-Natal 384,055 0 384,055 1,330 385,385
Limpopo 107,158 7 107,165 820 107,985
Mpumalanga 119,258 -5 119,253 809 120,062
North West 123,188 20 123,208 619 123,827
Northern Cape 65,223 0 65,223 160 65,383
Western Cape 379,780 0 379,780 2,444 382,224
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2,368,105 0 2,368,105 9,718 2,377,823

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 9,718) is lower than yesterday (n= 12,056) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 11,818). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 366 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 257 169,948 29,908 8,760
Public 411 183,915 43,754 7,779
TOTAL 668 353,863 73,662 16,539

VACCINE UPDATE
For updates on the national vaccine programme, click here.

Thank you for your interest and remember that adhering to preventative measures limits your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. For more information on COVID-19, click here.

Kind regards,
Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases

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