Sunday, 08 May 2022

Pretoria: South Africa on Sunday recorded 5 486 new COVID-19, says the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

Representing a 25.3% positivity rate, the figure brought the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 841 388.

In the 24-hours, the National Department of Health confirmed 7 COVID-19 related deaths.

“Of these, 5 occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours,” said the NICD.

The 7 deaths brought the total fatalities to 100 523 to date.

As of Sunday, 24 675 963 tests had been conducted in both public and private sectors.

A provincial breakdown of the statistics reveals that the majority of new cases on Sunday were from Gauteng Province (40%) followed by KwaZulu-Natal (26%).

“Western Cape accounted for 17%; Free State accounted for 5%; Eastern Cape and North West each accounted for 3% respectively; Mpumalanga and Northern Cape each accounted for 2% respectively; and Limpopo accounted for <1% of today’s new cases,” the NICD said.

The 25.3% proportion of positive cases was lower than Saturday’s 31.1%.

“The 7-day average is (24.3%) today, and is higher than yesterday (23.8%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased,” reads the statement.

On hospital admissions, the Institute said these had increased by 43 in the reporting cycle.