SA records nearly 2000 cases and 5 deaths

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South Africa recorded nearly 2000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 2 March, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 26 608 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 7,5 percent.

SA ADDS 1995 NEW COVID-19 CASES

The 1995 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Wednesday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 25 440. Unfortunately, 5 more people died of COVID-19-related complications in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 99 458.

The five deaths are included in the 28 deaths the National Department of Health added today due to the ongoing audit exercise, which could result in a backlog.

There were 55 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the latest testing cycle. The 259 private and 407 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 2659 patients admitted.

“The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 7.5%, which is higher than yesterday (6.3%). The 7-day average is 7.2% today, which is higher than yesterday (7.1%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased,” said the NICD.

7-Day moving average. Graphic: NICD

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of the cases identified on Wednesday were found in Gauteng (37%), followed by the Western Cape (21%) and KwaZulu-Natal with 17 percent.

Mpumalanga accounted for 6 percent, while the Free State and North West had 5 percent each. Eastern Cape accounted for 4 percent and Limpopo and Northern Cape had 2 percent each.

The list below shows the new COVID-19 cases identified by province:

  • Eastern Cape – 73 cases;
  • Free State – 104 cases;
  • Gauteng – 747 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 335 cases;
  • Limpopo – 48 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 114 cases;
  • North West – 105 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 44 cases;
  • Western Cape – 425 cases; and
  • Unallocated – 0 cases.

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