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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (18 JANUARY 2022)

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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (18 JANUARY 2022)

Today the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 3 658 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 564 578. This increase represents a 9.2% positivity rate. 

Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports 100 deaths and of these, 30 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 93 551 to date.

21 855 117 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

SectorTotal testedNew tested
Private11,808,07554%21,86955.1%
Public10,047,04246%17,78544.9%
Total21,855,117 39,654 

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng Province and KwaZulu-Natal (22% each), followed by Western Cape (20%). Eastern Cape accounted for 9%; Limpopo accounted for 8%; North West accounted for 6%; Free State and Mpumalanga each accounted for 5% respectively; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:

ProvinceTotal cases for 17 January 2022Adjusted numbers after harmonisationUpdated total cases on 17 January 2022New cases on 18 January 2022Total cases for 18 January 2022Percentage total
Eastern Cape33841003384103293387399.5
Free State19429441942981911944895.5
Gauteng1155973-271155946814115676032.5
KwaZulu-Natal636108163610979463690317.9
Limpopo14598811459893051462944.1
Mpumalanga18106581810731911812645.1
North West183064121830762021832785.1
Northern Cape105764-4105760871058473.0
Western Cape620255462025974562100417.4
Total3560921-1356092036583564578100.0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 9.2% which is lower than yesterday (9.3%). The 7-day average is 12.1% today, which is lower than yesterday (12.8%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 198 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
Private259222770386072857
Public407267776607464506
TOTAL666490546993537363

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


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