Today the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 8,515 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,316,585. This increase represents a 29.9% positivity rate.
As per the National Department of Health, a further 105 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90,453 to date.
20,719,331 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 KwaZulu-Natal (29%), followed by Gauteng (22%). Western Cape accounted for 19%; Eastern Cape accounted for 8%; North West 7%. Free State accounted for 5%; Mpumalanga accounted for 4%; Limpopo and Northern Cape each accounted for 3% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:
|Province||Total cases for 19 December 2021||Adjusted numbers after harmonisation||Updated total cases on 19 December 2021||New cases on 20 December 2021||Total cases for 20 December 2021||Percentage total|
THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 29,9% which is lower than yesterday (30.7%). The 7-day average is 31,1% today, which is lower than yesterday (31.3%).
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There has been an increase of 328 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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