Today the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 7,209 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,302,304. This increase represents a 27.3% positivity rate. As per the National Department of Health, a further 221 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 67,080 to date.
14,269,993 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.
|Sector||Total tested||New tested|
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (36%), followed by the Western Cape (17%). Mpumalanga accounted for 10%; KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 9%; and the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and North West provinces each accounted for 7%; the Free State accounted for 4%; and the Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 18 July 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 18 July 2021||New cases on 19 July 2021||Total cases for 19 July 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 7 209) is lower than yesterday (n= 11 215) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 13 646). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.
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There has been an increase of 533 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.
|Died to Date||Currently Admitted|
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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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