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National Institute for Communicable Diseases Confirms New COVID-19 Cases  in South Africa

BY LEVI JOHNSON

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues the monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 in order to inform the public health response.

Today the institute reports 16 435 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 253 240. This increase represents a 29.9% positivity rate.

Although the number of positive cases appears to be decreasing, testing is critical for understanding the spread of COVID-19 infection. It’s crucial to remember that the testing data is representative of those who came forward for testing, not necessarily a reflection of current community transmission in South Africa. Testing data is used to identify cases and follow up of contacts to limit transmission. This data is also used to predict, plan and deploy resources for risk mitigation.

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Understanding that services have been adversely affected and services may be temporarily closed we encourage all our communities to seek medical help if they have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, lethargy, a dry cough, or trouble breathing. Individuals who are unable to access testing facilities and believe they have been infected or have had direct contact with someone who has been confirmed positive should call the COVID -19 hotline on 0800 029 999, stay at home, be quarantined for 10 days, and minimise contact with others.

As per the National Department of Health, a further 377 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 65 972 to date.

14 100 628 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
PRIVATE 7 915 009 56% 27 085 49%
PUBLIC 6 185 619 44% 27 913 51%
Total 14 100 628   54 998  

 

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN
The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (44%), followed by Western Cape (18%). Limpopo and North West each accounted for 9%; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Eastern Cape accounted for 5%; Free State and KwaZulu-Natal each accounted for 3%; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases

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

 

 

Province Total cases for 14 July 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 14 July  2021 New cases on 15 July 2021 Total cases for 15 July 2021 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 215 663 0 215 663 839 216 502 9.6
Free State 121 325 1 121 326 570 121 896 5.4
Gauteng 792 130 15 792 145 7 309 799 454 35.5
KwaZulu-Natal 372 793 2 372 795 490 373 285 16.6
Limpopo 96 116 38 96 154 1 434 97 588 4.3
Mpumalanga 109 301 -1 109 300 1 078 110 378 4.9
North West 113 019 -55 112 964 1 515 114 479 5.1
Northern Cape 62 334 0 62 334 299 62 633 2.8
Western Cape 354 124 0 354 124 2 901 357 025 15.8
Total 2 236 805 0 2 236 805 16 435 2 253 240 100.0

 

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 16 435) is lower than yesterday (n= 17 489) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=16 857).

The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased

7-day moving average number of new cases by province and date of reporting, 12 April 2020 to date, South Africa.

For more detailed information, visit the GIS Dashboard: bit.ly/3wHBAyO

 HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 726 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.

 

Sector Facilities Reporting Admissions

to Date

Died to Date Currently Admitted
Private 257 161 493 27 681 10 201
Public 407 173 732 41 058 7 203
TOTAL 664 335 225 68 739 17 404

 

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