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SA identified 1,671 new COVID-19 cases

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 1,671 new cases in South Africa, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,691,962.

The Institute reported an increase of 7.5 percent in positivity rates.

NICD is a division of the National Health Laboratory Service that provides laboratory-based surveillance to inform the public health response to COVID-19 in South Africa.

As a result of the ongoing audit by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases.

NDoH reported 28 deaths as of Thursday, six occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. The total stands at 99,709.

The Health Department conducted 23,365,475 tests both in the public and private sectors.

With 31 percent of new cases confirmed on Thursday, Gauteng leads followed by the Western Cape at 26 percent.

Kwa-Zulu Natal comes third with 17 percent, followed by the Free State, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga which each account for 5 percent, the Eastern Cape and North West which each account for 4 percent, and the Northern Cape which accounts for 2 percent.

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