The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has released the latest COVID-19 data for South Africa. According to the NICD, 4 631 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours.
SA reports a 17.8% positivity rate as Gauteng’s cases skyrocket
This brings the overall number of laboratory-confirmed cases in SA to 3 755 459. The test positivity rate has increased to 17.8%. According to NICD Executive Director Professor Adrian Puren, wastewater detection surveillance showed an increase in Gauteng.
Puren explained that there is currently no evidence that the COVID-19 Omicron variant is being displaced as the dominant circulating variant. The majority of new cases reported in the past 24 hours are from Gauteng.
Gauteng accounts for 51% (2 374) of the confirmed new COVID-19 cases in SA. It is followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 22% (1 020), the Western Cape at 13% (614), the Eastern Cape at 5% and the Free State at 3%. Mpumalanga and the North West accounted for 2% each. Limpopo and the Northern Cape accounted for 1% of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
One death and 70 hospital admissions have been reported
The NICD shared that there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported due to the current audit effort by the National Department of Health (NDoH). The NDoH reported 10 fatalities. One fatality occurred during the last 24-48 hours. The overall number of fatalities in SA is now at 100 286.
In addition to this, the NICD reports that 24 288 173 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.
The report continued by explaining that there has been an increase of 70 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
“There is evidence of increased COVID-19 hospitalisation and deaths,”
Dr Waasila Jassat, Lead of the DATCOV COVID-19 National Hospital Surveillance at the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response.
COVID-19: SA records 4631 cases and 1 death – 17,8% positivity rate
South Africa recorded 4631 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, 22 April, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 26 065 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 17,8 percent.
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