The National Department of Health has confirmed 39 people died of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours. This brings the total death toll to 87 819.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported that 429 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 906 851.
A s of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 2 906 851 with 429 new cases reported. Today 39 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 87 819 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 781 575 with a recovery rate of 95,7% pic.twitter.com/Pwbff0ElcP
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) October 4, 2021
This increase represents a 2.6% positivity rate.
The NICD, a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues to provide laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response towards COVID-19 in South Africa.
A total of 17 800 434 tests have been conducted in the public and private sectors.
Gauteng accounted for 19 percent; Free State 10 percent, Eastern Cape 9 percent, North West accounted 8 percent, Northern Cape 7 percent, Mpumalanga 3 percent and Limpopo 2 percent.
The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape accounted for 22 percent, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 21 percent.