SA reports 3,118 new cases and 110 deaths

As of Wednesday, South Africa has recorded a total of 3.665,149 cases of Covid-19, with 3,118 new cases identified in the past 24 hours.

This increase represents an 8.7% positivity rate, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has announced.

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (36%), followed by Western Cape (21%).  Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 15%; Mpumalanga accounted for 9% and North West accounted for 7%. Free State accounted for 4%; Eastern Cape and Limpopo each accounted for 3% respectively and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

“Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports 110 deaths and of these, 6 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 98,978 to date,” said the NICD.

22.964,127 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

There has been an increase of 86 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

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Coronavirus has killed at least 5.904,193 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Wednesday.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 939,201 followed by Brazil with 645,420  and India 512,622.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates the true death toll could be two to three times higher.

Additional reporting by AFP

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