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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (20 OCTOBER 2021)

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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (20 OCTOBER 2021)

Today the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 591 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 917 846. This increase represents a 1.7% positivity rate.

As per the National Department of Health, a further 80 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88 754 to date.

18 251 789 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

SectorTotal testedNew tested
Private9 837 48154%18 56054%
Public8 414 30846%15 61746%
Total18 251 789 34 177 

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (22%), followed by Western Cape (21%). Free State and Gauteng Province each accounted for 12%; Eastern Cape, North West and  Northern Cape each accounted for 9% respectively; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

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

ProvinceTotal cases for 19 October 2021Adjusted numbers after harmonisationUpdated total cases on 19 October 2021New cases on 20 October 2021Total cases for 20 October 2021Percentage total
Eastern Cape29200512920065629206210.0
Free State162892-1162891681629595.6
Gauteng91863109186317191870231.5
KwaZulu-Natal514726-151472512951485417.6
Limpopo122135112213671221434.2
Mpumalanga1516460151646321516785.2
North West1503230150323531503765.2
Northern Cape9204309204351920943.2
Western Cape512854051285412451297817.6
Total2917255029172555912917846100.0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 1.7% which is higher than yesterday (1.6%). The 7-day average is 2.0% today, which is lower than yesterday (2.1%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

For more detailed information, visit the GIS Dashboard.

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 46 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
Private258200,30636,9632,851
Public408233,08356,7761,926
TOTAL666433,38993,7394,777

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


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