The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, observed 13,246 covid-19 daily new cases in the last 24 hours and the percent testing positive (i.e. the number of positive results out of the total daily tests) increased to 21.7% nationally. These concerning figures represent the highest number of daily cases and positivity rate recorded since January 2021. The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases increased to 1,774,312.
12,331,837 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below:
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
The Northern Cape, Free State, North West and Gauteng Provinces are officially in a third wave, with the remaining five provinces seeing sustained increases in the number of cases. The majority of cases reported today are once again from Gauteng (59.3%). The cumulative number of cases by province is shown below:
|Province||New cases on 16 June 2021||Total cases for 16 June 2021||Percentage total|
An increase of 940 hospital admissions and 77 in-hospital deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.
A summary of reported COVID-19 hospital admissions is shown below:
|Sector||Facilities Reporting||Admissionsto Date||Died to Date||Currently Admitted|
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES ARE KEY
Citizens should remain vigilant in following COVID-19 preventative measures by wearing a mask that covers both the nose and mouth, practicing healthy hand hygiene (through washing and/or sanitising), maintaining physical distancing of at least 1.5m and limiting social interactions as much as possible. For those who are 60 years or older, please register on EVDS to get the vaccine. Younger generations are also encouraged to help pensioners register for their vaccine
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