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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (21 DECEMBER 2021)

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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (21 DECEMBER 2021)

Today the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 15,424 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,332,008. This increase represents a 27.6% positivity rate. 

As per the National Department of Health, a further 35 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90,488 to date.

20,775,208 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

SectorTotal testedNew tested
Private11,198,12753.9%27,86849.9%
Public9,577,08146.1%28,00950.1%
Total20,775,208100.0%55,877100.0%

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (26%), followed by Western Cape (22%). Gauteng accounted for 21%; Eastern Cape 9% and Free State 6%. North West accounted for 5%; Limpopo and Mpumalanga each accounted for 4%. Northern Cape accounted for 3% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province are shown in the table below:

 ProvinceTotal cases for 20 December 2021Adjusted numbers after harmonisationUpdated total cases on 20 December 2021New cases on 21 December 2021Total cases for 21 December 2021Percentage total
Eastern Cape312,0700312,0701,442313,5129,4
Free State181,6182181,620928182,5485,5
Gauteng1,107,343171,107,3603,3161,110,67633,3
KwaZulu-Natal575,9320575,9324,009579,94117,4
Limpopo136,52635136,561619137,1804,1
Mpumalanga171,0015171,006555171,5615,1
North West172,826-52172,774831173,6055,2
Northern Cape984,26-1398,41340098,8133,0
Western Cape560,8435560,8483,324564,17216,9
Total3,316,585-13,316,58415,4243,332,008100,0


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

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 27,6% which is lower than yesterday (29,9%). The 7-day average is 30,1% today, which is lower than yesterday (31,1%).

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 633 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
Private259211,30037,6823,654
Public407248,54457,9395,369
TOTAL666459,84495,6219,023

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


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