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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (17 AUGUST 2021)

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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (17 AUGUST 2021)

Today the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)reports 10,685 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,624,254.  This increase represents a 20.4% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 553 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 77 993 to date.

15 685 889 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

SectorTotal testedNew tested
PRIVATE8 652 23655%20 97440%
PUBLIC7 033 65345%31 29360%
Total15 685 889 52 267

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN
The majority of new cases today are from WC (26%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (21%). Eastern Cape accounted for 17%; Gauteng accounted for 11%; Free State, Mpumalanga and NC accounted for 6% each; North West accounted for 5%; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.

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

ProvinceTotal cases for 16 August 2021Adjusted numbers after harmonisationUpdated total cases on 16 August  2021New cases on 17 August 2021Total cases for 17 August 2021Percentage total
Eastern Cape244 4100244 4101 831246 2419,4
Free State137 4310137431637138 0685,3
Gauteng889 777-29889 7481 221890 96934,0
KwaZulu-Natal432 7443432 7472 288435 03516,6
Limpopo116 5200116 520215116 7354,4
Mpumalanga136 0371136 038603136 6415,2
North West136 53123136 554485137 0395,2
Northern Cape73 370073 37066074 0302,8
Western Cape446 7492446 7512745449 49617,1
Total2 613 56902 613 56910 6852 624 254100,0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 10 685) is higher than yesterday (n= 7 983) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=11 075).

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 526 (an increase compared to yesterday’s 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
Private257185 04433 5066 879
Public411204 80749 7567 001
TOTAL668389 85183 26213 880

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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