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COVID-19: SA records more than 11 000 cases, positivity rate jumps to 22,4%


Dec 2, 2021

South Africa recorded more than 11 000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 2 December, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 51 402 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 22,4 percent up from yesterday’s 16,5 percent. Gauteng continues to drive the wave of new infections.


The 11 535 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Thursday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 47 328. Unfortunately, 44 more people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 89 915.

There were 274 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the latest testing cycle. The 258 private and 407 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 2904 patients admitted.

“The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 22.4% which is higher than yesterday (16.5%). The 7-day average is 12.6% today, which is higher than yesterday (10.3%),” said the NICD.

7-Day Moving Average. Graph: NICD.


The majority of the cases identified on Thursday were found in Gauteng (72%), followed by the Western Cape (6%) and KwaZulu-Natal (5%).

Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West each accounted for 4 percent, respectively, while, the Free State and Eastern Cape had 2 percent each. The Northern Cape rounded off the list with 1 percent of the cases on Thursday.

The list below shows the new COVID-19 cases identified by province and the bracketed figure represents the cases detected on the previous day:

Eastern Cape – 194 cases (115);Free State – 251 cases (138);Gauteng – 8280 cases (6168);KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 630 cases (476);Limpopo – 421 cases (271);Mpumalanga – 454 cases (375);North West – 497 cases (356);Northern Cape – 81 cases (36);Western Cape – 727 cases (626); andUnallocated – 0 cases.

#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 51,402 tests were conducted in the last 24hrs, with 11,535 new cases, which represents a 22.4% positivity rate. A further 44 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89,915 to date. See more here: https://t.co/hXm94RFN7W pic.twitter.com/IVgMtR3OpX

— NICD (@nicd_sa) December 2, 2021

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