SA records 23,884 new Covid-19 cases

Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test tubes. File photo.
Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test tubes. File photo.
Image: Brendon Thorne

SA has recorded 23,884 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, most of them in Gauteng, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in an update on Tuesday evening.

This brings the number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,204,642. The increase represents a 34.9% positivity rate.

At the same time, 24 more Covid-19-related deaths were reported, bringing total fatalities to 90,172.

"The majority of new cases today [Tuesday] are from Gauteng (36%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (22%). The Western Cape accounted for 13%, the Eastern Cape for 7%, Free State and North West each accounted for 6%, Mpumalanga accounted for 5%, Limpopo accounted for 3%, and the Northern Cape accounted for 1%." 

There were 599 new hospital admissions in the past 24 hours and a total of 20,352,343 tests have been conducted in the public and private sectors to date.



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