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COVID-19: SA records nearly 14 000 cases, positivity increases to 31%


Dec 13, 2021

South Africa recorded nearly 14 000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 13 December, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 45 101 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 31 percent.


The 13 992 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Monday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 174 340. Unfortunately, 11 more people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 90 148.

There were 422 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 6198 patients admitted.

“The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 31,0% which is higher than yesterday (28,9%). The 7-day average is 25,8% today, which is higher than yesterday (25,1%),” said the NICD.

7-Day moving average. Graphic: NICD.


The majority of the cases identified on Monday were found in Gauteng (48%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 19 percent and the Western Cape with 10 percent.

The Free State and North West each accounted for 5 percent, while the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga accounted for 4 percent each.

Limpopo (2%) and the Northern Cape (1%) rounded off the list on Monday.

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 – 606 cases (1134);Free State – 647 cases (1071);Gauteng – 6711 cases (7488);KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 2715 cases (2974);Limpopo – 328 cases (789);Mpumalanga – 617 cases (949);North West – 713 cases (917);Northern Cape – 191 cases (346);Western Cape – 1464 cases (2367); andUnallocated – 0 cases.

#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 45,101 tests were conducted in the last 24hrs, with 13,992 new cases, representing a 31.0% positivity rate. A further 11 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 90,148 to date. See more here: https://t.co/7Q6qMuUvCe pic.twitter.com/IVIVCFQc6k

— NICD (@nicd_sa) December 13, 2021

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