The National Department of Health has confirmed that 59 people died of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours. This brings the total death toll to 87 981 to date.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported that 1 149 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 908 768. This increase represents a 3.2 percent positivity rate.
A s of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 2 908 768 with 1 149 new cases reported. Today 59 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 87 981 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 788 409 with a recovery rate of 95,8% pic.twitter.com/RgAwlk0BaZ
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) October 6, 2021
The NICD, is a division of the National Health Laboratory Service,which continues to provide laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response towards COVID-19 in South Africa.
A total of 17 864 698 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.
Gauteng accounted for 14 percent; Free State 12 percent, Eastern Cape 11 percent, North West accounted 7 percent, Northern Cape 8 percent, Mpumalanga 6 percent and Limpopo 1 percent.
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape accounted for 22 percent, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 18 percent.