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COVID-19 related death toll in SA jumps from two to 16

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The National Institute of Communicable  Diseases (NICD) on Tuesday reported 2,952 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 894 745.

This increase represents a positivity rate of 16.8 percent.

The Institute is part of the National Health Laboratory Service and continues to conduct laboratory surveillance to inform the public health response to COVID19 in South Africa.

As the National Department of Health (NDoH) is conducting an audit, there may be a backlog of reported COVID19 deaths.  On Tuesday, the NDoH reports 16 deaths, 8 of which occurred within the last 24 to 28 hours. This brings the total number of deaths to date to 100,771 people.

In the latest statistics, the number of deaths rose from the two reported on Monday to 16.

Gauteng continued to record the majority of cases with 47 percent on Monday, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 18 percent. Western Cape accounted for 14 percent, Free State 7 percent, and Eastern Cape and North West each accounted for 4 percent, Northern Cape 3 percent, Mpumalanga 2 percent and Limpopo 1 percent.

A total of 2,904,051 tests were carried out in the public and private sectors.

There have been 76 more hospitalisations in the last 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID19 admissions by sector:

Sector Facilities Reporting Admissions
to Date
Died to Date Currently Admitted
Private 262 242,628 40,054 1,397
Public 407 283,750 62,586 1,507
TOTAL 669 526,378 102,640 2,904

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