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 13 777 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 497 655. This increase represents a 22.3% positivity rate.
As per the National Department of Health, a further 458 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 73 873 to date.
15 093 333 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
|PRIVATE||8 386 211||56%||28 796||47%|
|PUBLIC||6 707 122||44%||33 080||53%|
|Total||15 093 333||61 876|
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (30%), followed by Gauteng (20%) KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 19%; Eastern Cape & Mpumalanga each accounted for 7% respectively; North West accounted for 5%; Free State & Northern Cape each accounted for 4% respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 3% of today’s new cases
The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 04 August 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 04 August 2021||New cases on 05 August 2021||Total cases for 05 August 2021||Percentage total|
|Eastern Cape||231 119||0||231 119||945||232 064||9.3|
|Free State||130 775||-27||130 748||604||131 352||5.3|
|Gauteng||869 684||-54||869 630||2 740||872 370||34.9|
|KwaZulu-Natal||402 438||-28||402 410||2 667||405 077||16.2|
|Limpopo||112 919||15||112 934||451||113 385||4.5|
|Mpumalanga||127 799||-2||127 797||957||128 754||5.2|
|North West||130 141||-3||130 138||742||130 880||5.2|
|Northern Cape||68 582||-4||68 578||574||69 152||2.8|
|Western Cape||410 552||-28||410 524||4 097||4146 21||16.6|
|Total||2 484 009||-131||2 483 878||13 777||2 497 655||100.0|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n=13 777) is higher than yesterday (n=13 263) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=10 850).
The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased
7-day moving average number of new cases by province and date of reporting, 12 April 2020 to date, South Africa.
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There has been an increase of 610 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|
|Private||257||178 029||31 963||7 673|
|Public||411||195 326||47 158||7 627|
|TOTAL||668||373 355||79 121||15 300|
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Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases