LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (4 October 2021)

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 429 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 906 851. This increase represents a 2.6% positivity rate.

As per the National Department of Health, a further 39 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 87 819 to date.

17 800 434 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
Private 9 597 316 53.9% 9 553 57.8%
Public 8 203 118 46.1% 6 961 42.2%
Total 17 800 434   16 514  


PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (22%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (21%)

Gauteng Province accounted for 19%; Free State accounted for 10%; Eastern Cape accounted for 9%; North West accounted for 8%; Northern Cape accounted for 7%; Mpumalanga accounted for 3%; and Limpopo 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 03 October 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 03 October 2021 New cases on 04 October 2021 Total cases for 04 October 2021 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 290898 0 290898 40 290938 10.0
Free State 161722 0 161722 41 161763 5.6
Gauteng 916848 0 916848 82 916930 31.5
KwaZulu-Natal 512549 0 512549 90 512639 17.6
Limpopo 121899 0 121899 7 121906 4.2
Mpumalanga 151076 0 151076 14 151090 5.2
North West 149682 0 149682 33 149715 5.2
Northern Cape 91094 0 91094 29 91123 3.1
Western Cape 510654 0 510654 93 510747 17.6
Total 2906422 0 2906422 429 2906851 100.0

 

 

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n=429) is lower than yesterday (n=809) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=1 333). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

For more detailed information, visit the GIS Dashboard.

 

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 52 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 258 199,175 36,687 3,314
Public 409 231,314 56,398 2,852
TOTAL 667 430,489 93,085 6,166

 

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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