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COVID-19 reported cases declining every day

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases reports that positive rates, trends in testing rates, and daily case counts are all declining nationally and across all provinces.

In the last reporting cycle, the National Department of Health recorded 312 more COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number to 86,967.

The institute has reported 2,261 new COVID-19 cases in South Africa, bringing the number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,894,342.

This increase represents an increase of 6.4 percent, which represents a positivity rate of 6.4 percent.

In both the public and private sectors, 17,528,759 tests have been performed.

KwaZulu-Natal currently has the highest percentage of new cases (21%), followed by the Western Cape (14%).

The Free State contributed 13%, the Northern Cape 12%, and the Eastern Cape 1%.

Gauteng accounted for 10%, the North West for 6%, and Limpopo accounted for 1%.

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

Majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (21%), followed by Western Cape (20%). Free State accounted for 13%; Northern Cape accounted for 12%; Eastern Cape accounted for 11%; Gauteng Province accounted for 10%; North West accounted for 6%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases. The cumulative number of cases by province is shown in the table below:

Province Total cases for 23 September 2021 Adjusted numbers after harmonization Updated total cases on 23 September 2021 New cases on 24 September 2021 Total cases for 24 September 2021 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 289,091 0 289,091 259 289,350 10.0
Free State 160,162 1 160,163 290 160,453 5.5
Gauteng 915,087 2 915,089 237 915,326 31.6
KwaZulu-Natal 509,229 0 509,229 486 509,715 17.6
Limpopo 121,698 1 121,699 30 121,729 4.2
Mpumalanga 150,405 0 150,405 97 150,502 5.2
North West 148,903 -3 148,900 127 149,027 5.1
Northern Cape 89,662 -3 89,659 279 89,938 3.1
Western Cape 507,844 2 507,846 456 508,302 17.6
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Total 2,892,081 0 2,892,081 2,261 2,894,342 100.0

THE 7-DAY MOVING AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW CASES BY PROVINCE
The total number of cases today (n= 2 261) is lower than yesterday (n= 2 783) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 2 468). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased

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