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COVID-19 infection caused 79 deaths

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 1,635 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in South Africa on Friday, bringing the overall number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,904,307 in the country. Positive cases accounted for 4.4% of all confirmed cases.

The NICD is part of the National Health Laboratory Service, which continues to conduct laboratory-based surveillance in South Africa as part of the public health response to COVID-19.

According to the National Department of Health, 79 deaths related to COVID-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, making the total 87,705.

Both the public and private sectors have conducted 17728,831 tests.

Provincial breakdown in percentages

The majority of new cases are from the Western Cape, which accounted for 25 percent, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 21 percent.

Gauteng and Eastern Cape accounted for 12 % each. Free State reported 11%, Northern Cape 9%, North West 5% Mpumalanga 4%, and Limpopo accounted for 2%.

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