Covid-19 in South Africa: 7 086 new cases as death toll climbs by 431

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  • South Africa recorded 7 086 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday.
  • 431 new deaths have been recorded, bringing the confirmed death toll to 82 261.
  • KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 25% of the new cases recorded on Tuesday.

South Africa recorded 7 086 new laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 infections on Tuesday and 431 deaths, bringing the confirmed death toll to 82 261.

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According to a statement by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), as of Tuesday, the country recorded 2 777 659 laboratory-confirmed cases.

"The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)… reports that 7 086 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, representing a 14.4% positivity rate," the statement read.

As of Tuesday, Gauteng recorded 905 489 confirmed cases, the Western Cape 485 186 and KwaZulu-Natal 479 952.

"The majority of new cases today (Tuesday) are from KwaZulu-Natal (25%), followed by Eastern Cape (22%). Western Cape accounted for 17%; Free State accounted for 10%; Gauteng province accounted for 8%; Northern Cape accounted for 7%; Mpumalanga accounted for 4%; North West accounted for 3%; and Limpopo province accounted for 2% of today's new cases," said NICD spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Jimoh.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded 1 803 new cases on Tuesday, the Eastern Cape 1 585 and the Western Cape 1 220.

There was an increase of 404 hospital admissions in the last 24-hour cycle. As of Tuesday, 12 663 people were in both public and private hospitals for Covid-19.

South Africa conducted 16 475 179 cumulative tests, of which 49 168 were carried out in the last 24-hour cycle.

The recovery rate is 91.6%, which translates to 2 544 563 recoveries.

According to the Department of Health, 12 568 525 vaccine doses have been administered. Of those, 261 288 were administered in the last 24-hour cycle.

To date, 3 150 340 people are fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, while 2 834 953 have been vaccinated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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