Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Pretoria: South Africa has recorded 1 475 new COVID-19 positive cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 743 582.

This increase represents a 9.9% positivity rate.

“Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports 14 deaths, and of these, 3 occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 100 195 to date,” the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Tuesday.

The majority of new cases are from Gauteng (51%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (23%).

Western Cape accounted for 13%; Eastern Cape, Free State and North West each accounted for 3% respectively. Mpumalanga accounted for 2%; and Limpopo and Northern Cape each accounted for 1% respectively of the new cases.

“The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (9.9%), and is higher than yesterday (9.6%). The 7-day average is (8.3%) today, and is higher than yesterday (7.7%),” the NICD said.

There has been an increase of 41 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

A total of 24 212 994 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.