Covid-19: More than 6 000 new infections in Gauteng, as 8 561 new cases detected nationally

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Bisham Sewal (79) gets his vaccination shot at the FF Robeiro Clinic at Sammy Marks Square vaccination site in Pretoria.
Bisham Sewal (79) gets his vaccination shot at the FF Robeiro Clinic at Sammy Marks Square vaccination site in Pretoria.
Alet Pretorius
  • South Africa recorded 8 561 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday.
  • 28 new deaths have been recorded, bringing the confirmed death toll to 89 871.
  • Gauteng accounted for 72% of the new cases recorded on Wednesday.


More than 6 000 new Covid-19 infections have been recorded in Gauteng, with a total of 8 561 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 being recorded countrywide on Wednesday.

This compared to the 4 373 cases on Tuesday.

According to a statement by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), as of Wednesday, the country recorded 2 976 613 laboratory-confirmed cases. There have been 28 new Covid-19 deaths, bringing the confirmed death toll to 89 871.

"The NICD… reports that 8 561 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, representing a 16.5% positivity rate," the statement read.

The majority of new cases on Wednesday were from Gauteng, which accounted for 72%, followed by the Western Cape with 7%. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 6%, Mpumalanga and North West 4% each, Limpopo 3%, the Free State 2%, and the Eastern Cape 1%. The Northern Cape accounted for less than 1% of new cases.

Gauteng recorded 6 168 new cases on Wednesday, the Western Cape 626 and KwaZulu-Natal 476.

There were 135 new hospital admissions in the last 24-hour reporting cycle. As of Wednesday, 2 550 people were in hospital for Covid-19.

South Africa conducted 19 529 031 cumulative tests, of which 51 977 were carried out in the last 24-hour cycle.

According to the Department of Health, 25 782 259 vaccine doses have been administered. Of those, 165 775 were administered in the last 24-hour cycle. To date, 14 396 445 adults are fully vaccinated, and 510 255 children received one vaccine dose.

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