LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (5 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 768 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 907 619. This increase represents a 2.7% positivity rate.

As per the National Department of Health, a further 103 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 87 922 to date.

 17 828 983 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
PRIVATE 9 613 467 53.9% 16 151 56.6%
PUBLIC 8 215 516 46.1% 12 398 43.4%
Total 17 828 983   28 549  

 

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (25%), followed by Western Cape (20%)

Gauteng Province accounted for 17%; Eastern Cape and Free State accounted for 8% each; Mpumalanga & North West accounted for 7% each; Northern Cape accounted for 6%; 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 October 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 04 October 2021 New cases on 05 October 2021 Total cases for 05 October 2021 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 290938 2 290940 65 291005 10.0
Free State 161763 0 161763 60 161823 5.6
Gauteng 916930 -3 916927 127 917054 31.5
KwaZulu-Natal 512639 -2 512637 193 512830 17.6
Limpopo 121906 0 121906 20 121926 4.2
Mpumalanga 151090 1 151091 51 151142 5.2
North West 149715 0 149715 53 149768 5.2
Northern Cape 91123 0 91123 48 91171 3.1
Western Cape 510747 2 510749 151 510900 17.6
Total 2906851 0 2906851 768 2907619 100.0

 

 

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n=768) is higher than yesterday (n=429) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=1 247). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 110 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 258 199,363 36,725 3,281
Public 409 231,572 56,457 2,755
TOTAL 667 430,935 93,182 6,036

 

 

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

Thank you for your interest and remember that adhering to preventative measures such as

  • 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, and
  • Washing your hands regularly in the day with soap and water,

helps to limit 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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