LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (29 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 1,557 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,715,390. This increase represents a 6.0% 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, 3 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 99,976 to date.

23,783,240 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
Private 12,931,883 54.4% 14,378 55.4%
Public 10,851,357 45.6% 11,558 44.6%
Total 23,783,240 100.0% 25,936 100.0%

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (38%), followed by Western Cape (23%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 22%; Eastern Cape accounted for 7%; North West accounted for 4%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3%; Free State accounted for 2%; and Limpopo and Northern Cape each accounted for 1% respectively of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:

Province Total cases for 28 March 2022 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 28 March 2022 New cases on 29 March 2022 Total cases for

29 March 2022

Percentage total
Eastern Cape 344,890 0 344,890 108 344,998 9,3
Free State 202,221 0 202,221 32 202,253 5,4
Gauteng 1,207,231 1 1,207,232 595 1,207,827 32,5
KwaZulu-Natal 659,337 -3 659,334 335 659,669 17,8
Limpopo 155,704 0 155,704 21 155,725 4,2
Mpumalanga 193,081 2 193,083 39 193,122 5,2
North West 192,847 0 192,847 61 192,908 5,2
Northern Cape 108,859 0 108,859 15 108,874 2,9
Western Cape 649,663 0 649,663 351 650,014 17,5
Total 3,713,833 0 3,713,833 1,557 3,715,390 100.0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 6.0%, which is higher than yesterday (4.5%). The 7-day average is 5.8% today, which is higher than yesterday (5.6%).

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 64 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 259 232,487 39,396 776
Public 407 279,075 62,195 1,160
TOTAL 666 511,562 101,591 1,936

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.

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