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

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

Today the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 13 672 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 652 652.  This increase represents a 19.9% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 317 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 78 694 to date.

15 821 074 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

SectorTotal testedNew tested
PRIVATE8 718 49155%33 05348%
PUBLIC7 102 58345%35 48752%
Total15 821 074 68 540 

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN
The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (29%), followed by Western Cape (27%). Eastern Cape accounted for 11%; Gauteng accounted for 12%; Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; Northern Cape and North West accounted for 4% each; 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 18 August 2021Adjusted numbers after harmonisationUpdated total cases on 18 August  2021New cases on 19 August 2021Total cases for 19 August 2021Percentage total
Eastern Cape248 1180248 1181 436249 5549.4
Free State139 0643139 067851139 9185.3
Gauteng892 73415892 7491 579894 32833.7
KwaZulu-Natal438 7861438 7873 911442 69816.7
Limpopo117 1693117 172262117 4344.4
Mpumalanga137 389-3137 386725138 1115.2
North West137 694-21137 673600138 2735.2
Northern Cape74 598074 59860175 1992.8
Western Cape453 4291453 4303 707457 13717.2
Total2 638 981-12 638 98013 6722 652 652100.0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 13 672) is lower than yesterday (n= 14 728) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 12 021). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased.

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 536 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
Private255185 98833 6936 827
Public409207 33150 3557 113
TOTAL664393 31983 04813 940

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