Covid-19: 942 new cases and deaths increase by 37

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  • South Africa recorded 942 new confirmed Covid-19 infections on Wednesday.
  • 37 new deaths have been recorded, bringing the confirmed death toll to 88 466.
  • The Western Cape accounted for 23% of the new cases recorded on Wednesday.



South Africa recorded 942 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday and 37 deaths, bringing the confirmed death toll to 88 466.

According to a statement by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), as of Wednesday, the country recorded 2 913 880 laboratory-confirmed cases.

"The NICD… reports that 942 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, representing a 2.6% positivity rate," the statement read.

According to the Department of Health, 19 668 177 vaccine doses have been administered. Of those, 196 696 were administered in the last 24-hour reporting cycle. To date, 10 370 743 people are fully vaccinated.

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As of Wednesday, Gauteng had 918 072 cumulative confirmed cases, KwaZulu-Natal 514 016 cases and the Western Cape 512 158.

"The majority of new cases today (Wednesday) are from Western Cape (23%), followed by Gauteng province, accounting for 18%. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 15%; Free State accounted for 11%; Eastern Cape and Northern Cape each accounted for 10%; North West accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today's new cases," said NICD spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Jimoh.

The Western Cape recorded 220 new cases on Wednesday, Gauteng 172 and KwaZulu-Natal 142.

There were 70 new hospital admissions in the last 24-hour cycle. As of Wednesday, 5 198 people were in public and private hospitals.

South Africa conducted 18 055 424 cumulative tests, of which 16 514 were carried out in the last 24-hour cycle.

The recovery rate is 96.2%, which translates to 2 802 615 recoveries.

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