Wednesday, 01 September 2021 22:00

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 9,544 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,787,203. This increase represents a 15.6% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (28%), followed by Western Cape (21%). Eastern Cape accounted for 15%; Free State accounted for 10%; Gauteng Province accounted for 9%; Northern Cape accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; North West accounted for 4%; and Limpopo Province accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.

NICD said a further 235 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 82,496 to date with 16,536,206 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

With just under 4.4 million new cases reported between 23 and 29 August, the number of new cases reported globally remains similar to the previous week after having increased for nearly two months.

This is according to the latest WHO’s COVID-19 weekly epidemiological update published on Tuesday.

The WHO said, in the past week, only the Western Pacific region recorded a 7% upsurge as compared to the previous week.

Meanwhile, global deaths are also similar to last week, with just over 67 000 new fatalities reported.

"The Eastern Mediterranean and Western Pacific regions reported an increase in the number of weekly deaths, 9% and 16% respectively, while the South-East Asia region reported the largest decrease (20%)."

However, in the regions of Africa, Europe, and the Americas there were no significant changes from last week’s report.

The highest numbers of new cases were reported from the United States (938 014 new cases, 8% decrease), India (270 796 new cases, 17% increase), Iran (254 753 new cases, similar to the previous week), the United Kingdom (237 556 new cases, 8% increase), and Brazil (175 807 new cases, 16% decrease).

Globally, cases of the Alpha variant have been reported in 193 countries, while 141 have the Beta variant, 91 have the Gamma variant and Delta is present in 170 countries.