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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (16 AUGUST 2021)

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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (16 AUGUST 2021)

Today the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 7 983 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 613 569. This increase represents a 21.1% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 299 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 77 440 to date.

15 633 622 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

 SectorTotal testedNew tested
Private8 631 26255%13 99137%
Public7 002 36045%23 90063%
Total15 633 622 37 891

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (27%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (24%). Eastern Cape accounted for 18%; Gauteng and Northern Cape accounted for 9% each; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Free State accounted for 6%; North West accounted for 3%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:

ProvinceTotal cases for 15 August 2021Adjusted numbers after harmonisationUpdated total cases on 15 August  2021New cases on 16 August 2021Total cases for 16 August 2021Percentage total
Eastern Cape242 9702242 9721 4382444109,4
Free State136 9581136 9594721374315,3
Gauteng889 102-19889 08369488977734,0
KwaZulu-Natal430 7896430 7951 94943274416,6
Limpopo116 4411116 442781165204,5
Mpumalanga135 5152135 5175201360375,2
North West136 2891136 2902411365315,2
Northern Cape72 908-1072 898472733702,8
Western Cape444 61416444 6302 11944674917,1
Total2 605 58602 605 58679832613569100

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 7 983) is lower than yesterday (n= 10 139) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=10 490).

The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased.

For more detailed information, visit the GIS Dashboard.

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 331 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.

SectorFacilities ReportingAdmissions
to Date
Died to DateCurrently Admitted
Private257184 31233 3886 826
Public411203 53549 4567 214
TOTAL668387 84782 84414 040

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. -NICD


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