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SA has recorded 1,571 new COVID-19 cases

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has identified 1,571 new COVID-19 cases in South Africa, bringing to 3,693,532 the number of laboratory-confirmed cases.

This increase represents 5.8 percent positive rate.

The NCD is a division of the National Health Laboratory Service and continue to provide laboratory based surveillance to inform South Africans about public health responses towards COVID-19.

The health authorities have announced that there may be a delay in the reported deaths of COVID-19 following the ongoing audit by the National Ministry of Health (NDoH).

NDoH reported three deaths on Saturday, one of which occurred in the last 24 to 48 hours. The total number of deaths has so far reached 99,712.

A total of 23,392,502 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

The majority of new cases reported confirmed on Saturday were from Gauteng which accounted for 34 percent, followed by Western Cape with 24 percent.

Kwa-Zulu Natal is in third place with 20 percent, followed by the Northwest with 6 percent, Mpumalanga with 5 percent, the Free State with 4 percent, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo with 3 percent each and the Northern Cape with 1 percent.

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