Monday, September 27, 2021

South Africa exits third-wave of COVID-19 infections

South Africa has officially exited its third wave of Covid-19 infections. According to a statement by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), as of Sunday, the country recorded 2 896 943 laboratory-confirmed cases.

"Nationally, we have exited the third wave, according to the current definition. The national seven-day moving average of daily case Gauteng has recorded 915 609 confirmed cases in total, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 510 337 cases and the Western Cape with 508 715.

"The majority of new cases today (Sunday) are from KwaZulu-Natal (28%), followed by Eastern Cape (17%). Western Cape accounted for 12%; Free State accounted for 10%; Gauteng province, North West and Northern Cape each accounted for 8%, respectively; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%, and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today's new cases," said NICD spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Jimoh.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded 272 new cases on Sunday, the Eastern Cape 169 and the Western Cape 115.

There was an increase of 56 hospital admissions in the last 24-hour reporting cycle. As of Sunday, 7 172 people were in both public and private hospitals for Covid-19.

''numbers, positivity rate, and testing rate continue to decrease, with sustained decreases seen in all provinces," the statement read.

By: Yandisa Qwabe

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