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 2,273 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,963,679. This increase represents a 10.7% positivity rate.
As per the National Department of Health, a further 25 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89 822 to date.
19,434,381 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 (84%), followed Western Cape accounting for 5%. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 3%; Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 2% respectively; Free State and Limpopo each accounted for 1%. Eastern Cape and Northern Cape each accounted for less than 1% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 28 November 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 28 November 2021||New cases on 29 November 2021||Total cases for 29 November 2021||Percentage total|
|Eastern Cape||293,164||0||293 164||10||293 174||9.9|
|Free State||165,506||0||165 506||21||165 527||5.6|
|Gauteng||941,810||1||941 811||1 909||943 720||31.8|
|KwaZulu-Natal||518,269||0||518 269||63||518 332||17.5|
|Limpopo||123,473||0||123 473||33||123 506||4.2|
|Mpumalanga||153,783||0||153 783||53||153 836||5.2|
|North West||154,035||0||154 035||55||154 090||5.2|
|Northern Cape||93,316||-1||93 315||10||93 325||3.1|
|Western Cape||518,050||0||518 050||119||518 169||17.5|
|Total||2 961 406||0||2 961 406||2 273||2 963 679||100.0|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 10.7% which higher than yesterday (9.8%). The 7-day average is 7.3% today, which is higher than yesterday (6.1%).
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There has been an increase of 79 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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Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases