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 5,931 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,819,945. This increase represents a 14.5% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 76 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 83,419 to date. 16,749,709 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 KwaZulu-Natal (29%), followed by Western Cape (23%). Eastern Cape accounted for 15%; Free State and Gauteng Province each accounted for 9% respectively; Northern Cape each accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 4% respectively; and Limpopo Province accounted for 1% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 04 Sep 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on
04 Sep 2021
|New cases on 05 Sep 2021||Total cases for 05 Sep 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n=5 931) is lower than yesterday (n=8 411) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=7 860). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.
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There has been an increase of 111 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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Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases