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SA has recorded 1 659 new COVID-19 cases     

The National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD) has on Wednesday reported 1 659 new coronavirus cases that have been identified in South Africa, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 735,578.

This increase represents a 7.5 percent positivity rate.

The NICD, which is a division of the national health laboratory service, continues to provide laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response to COVID- 19 in South Africa.

As a result of the ongoing audit exercise by NDoH, it has been revealed that there may be a backlog in CCOVID-19-related deaths reported.

There are 16 deaths reported on Wednesday, and of those, one occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours.

So far, there have been 100,132 fatalities due to COVID-19.

A total of 24,116 thousand tests were conducted in both private, and public sectors.

The majority of new cases were recorded in Gauteng which accounts for 47 percent, followed by Western Cape with 23 percent.

KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 16 percent, Eastern Cape accounted for 6 percent, Free State and Mpumalanga each accounted for 2 percent, Limpopo, Northern Cape, and North West  accounted for 1 percent each.

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