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NICD Reports 273 New COVID-19 Cases

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The NICD reports 273 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 926 348. This increase represents a 0.9% positivity rate.

As per the National Department of Health, a further 15 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89 504 to date.

18 962 806 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below.

Sector Total tested New tested
Private 10,220,837 53.9% 16,069 54.2%
Public 8,741,969 46.1% 13,581 45.8%
Total 18,962,806 29,650

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (54%), followed by Western Cape (11%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 10%; Free State accounted for 7%; Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; North West accounted for 4%; Eastern Cape and Northern Cape each accounted for 3%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:

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Province Total cases for 15  November 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonisation Updated total cases on 15 November 2021 New cases on 16 November 2021 Total cases for 16 November 2021 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 292594 292594 9 292603 10.0
Free State 163885 163885 19 163904 5.6
Gauteng 920888 920888 148 921036 31.5
KwaZulu-Natal 516236 516236 27 516263 17.6
Limpopo 122344 122344 4 122348 4.2
Mpumalanga 152258 152258 16 152274 5.2
North West 150869 150869 12 150881 5.2
Northern Cape 92783 92783 7 92790 3.2
Western Cape 514218 514218 31 514249 17.6
Total 2926075 2926075 273 2926348 100.0

*There may be discrepancies in the numbers of cases and recoveries reported for the Western Cape, as the Western Cape reporting currently includes re-infections and additional cases identified by antigen tests, which are not incorporated into the national line list for reporting. As a result, the number of recoveries for the Western Cape has been kept static on the national reports. We are working with Western Cape health authorities to align the reporting and resolve these discrepancies.

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

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The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 0.9% which is the same as yesterday (0.9%). The 7-day average is 1.0% today, which is the same as yesterday (1.0%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased.

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HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
There has been an increase of 35 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 258 201186 37295 2100
Public 408 235248 57093 1499
TOTAL 666 436434 94388 3599

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

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