Covid-19: Infections in South Africa climb by 16 302, while deaths rise by 151

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  • South Africa recorded 16 302 new laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 infections on Sunday.
  • 151 new deaths have been recorded, bringing the official death toll to 64 289.
  • Gauteng accounted for 52% of the new cases recorded on Sunday.


South Africa recorded 16 302 new confirmed Covid-19 infections and 151 deaths on Sunday, bringing the official death toll to 64 289.

According to a statement by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), as of Sunday, the country recorded 2 195 599 laboratory-confirmed cases.

"The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)… reports that 16 302 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, representing a 30.4% positivity rate," the statement read.

As of Sunday, Gauteng recorded 772 196 confirmed cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 370 496 and the Western Cape with 348 159.

"The majority of new cases are from Gauteng with 52%, followed by the Western Cape with 12%. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 9%, while Limpopo and Mpumalanga both accounted for 7%. North West accounted for 6%, Eastern Cape accounted for 3%, Free State accounted for 2%, and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of new cases," NICD spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Jimoh said.

Gauteng recorded 8 543 new cases on Sunday, the Western Cape 1 945 and KwaZulu-Natal 1 520.

There were 459 new hospital admissions in the last 24-hour reporting cycle. As of Sunday, 16 341 people were in both public and private hospitals for Covid-19.

South Africa had conducted 13 901 847 tests by Sunday, of which 53 653 were carried out in the last 24-hour cycle.

The recovery rate is 87.6%, which translates to 1 922 601 recoveries.

According to the Department of Health, 4 236 718 vaccine doses have been administered. Of those, 7 824 were administered on Sunday, and 1 029 were second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

To date, 452 728 people have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, while 903 015 have been vaccinated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


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