SA records 1 087 new COVID-19 cases

South Africa on Tuesday recorded 1 087 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 987 979.

This increase represents a 7.8% positivity rate, said the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

In addition, the National Department of Health reported 20 deaths and of these, three deaths occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours.

“The cumulative COVID-19 deaths are 101 640 to date. A total of 25,618,427 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors as per the table below,” said the NICD.

The cumulative number of recoveries now stands at 3 872 768, with a recovery rate of 97.1%.

A breakdown of the new cases indicates that the majority were from Gauteng (37%), followed by Western Cape (21%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 16%; Eastern Cape accounted for 9%; Free State accounted for 5%; Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 4% respectively; Northern Cape accounted for 2%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of the new cases.

Over the 24 hours, there was an increase of 39 hospital admissions.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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