LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (8 November 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 116 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,924,072. This increase represents a 0.7% positivity rate.  As per the National Department of Health, a further 20 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89,352 to date.

18,740,830 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
PRIVATE 10,100,643 53.9% 10,049 60.8%
PUBLIC 8,640,187 46.1% 6,468 39.2%
Total 18,740,830 16,517

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (33%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal accounting for 20%. Western Cape accounted for 13%; Mpumalanga accounted for 8%; Eastern Cape accounted for 7%; Free State, Northern Cape and North West each accounted for 6% respectively; 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 07 Nov 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 07 Nov 2021 New cases on 08 Nov 2021 Total cases for 08 Nov 2021
Eastern Cape 292,491 0 292,491 8 292,499
Free State 163,713 0 163,713 7 163,720
Gauteng 920,068 0 920,068 38 920,106
KwaZulu-Natal 515,945 0 515,945 23 515,968
Limpopo 122,295 0 122,295 2 122,297
Mpumalanga 152,140 0 152,140 9 152,149
North West 150,747 1 150,748 7 150,755
Northern Cape 92,615 -1 92,614 7 92,621
Western Cape 513,942 0 513,942 15 513,957
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2,923,956 0 2,923,956 116 2,924,072

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 116) is lower than yesterday (n=205) and lower than the average number of cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 264).

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 16 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 258 200,940 37,171 2,258
Public 408 234,706 57,039 1,482
TOTAL 666 435,646 94,210 3,740

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

Thank you for your interest and remember that adhering to the following preventative measures helps to limit your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

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

For more information on COVID-19, click here.

Kind regards,
Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, Senior Communications Manager
National Institute for Communicable Diseases

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