Covid-19: Gauteng records 69% of new cases in the country

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Almost a quarter of the 36 858 Covid-19 tests conducted in the last 24 hours were positive, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Monday. 

The NICD said 9 160 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed, with 69% in Gauteng. Hospital admissions increased by 341 in the past 24 hours. 

At the time of the update, 9 503 people were in hospital for treatment associated with the virus.

A further 93 Covid-19-related deaths were reported, bringing the total fatalities to 58 795. 

There were 2 580 new vaccinations.

To date, a total of 2 144 204 vaccinations had been administered. 

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With the Western Cape recording the second-highest number of cases after Gauteng, Premier Alan Winde said there had been a 60% week-on-week increase in case numbers in all regions, except Khayelitsha. 

He said 20% of all tests in the province came back positive, and there were, on average, 80 hospital admissions a day. 

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