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SA experiencing an increase in illnesses and hospitalisations related to COVID-19

A total of 164 COVID-19-related hospitalizations was recorded in South Africa on Wednesday, up from 148 the previous day.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported on Wednesday that 10,017 people had been diagnosed with COVID-19 related diseases which brings the total to 3,862,165.

The increase represents a 25.3 percent positive rate.

As part of the National Health Laboratory Service, the Institute continues to provide laboratory-based monitoring to inform public health response to COVID-19.

A total of 164 patients were admitted to hospitals in the last 24 hours, indicating a rise in COVID-19 related illnesses and hospital admissions compared to 148 reported on Monday.

According to the National Department of Health, 50 people have lost their lives. Ten died within the last 48 hours. So far, 100,609 people have died.

In total, 24,765,642 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.

Gauteng continues to record the majority of cases accounting for 39 percent on Wednesday, followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal with 21 percent.

Western Cape accounted for 17 percent, Eastern Cape and Free State each accounted for 6 percent, re Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 3 percent, Northern Cape 2 percent and Limpopo accounted for 1 percent.

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