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Sunday, 19 September 2021 20:26

Covid-19 Daily Update:SA records 2 281 new cases with 58 related deaths.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The current surge in COVID-19 infections seems to be showing signs of a sustained downward trend. Today NICD reports 2 281 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 882 630.  This increase represents a 7.4% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (23%), followed by Western Cape (17%). Northern Cape and Eastern Cape accounted for 14% each; Gauteng Province accounted for 10%; Free State accounted for 9%; Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; North West accounted for 5%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

The 7-Day Moving Average Number of New Cases by Province:
The total number of cases today (n= 2 281) is lower than yesterday (n= 3 286) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 3 491). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

Hospital Admissions:
There has been an increase of 79 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. The following table is a summary of reported COVID-19 admissions by sector.

Vaccine Update:
For updates on the national vaccine programme, click here.

NICD said a further 58 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 86 174 to date.

Meanwhile Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, said the planned COVID-19 vaccine certificates will not be used to deny unvaccinated citizens access to public services.

"I want to emphasise that this certificate will not prevent people from accessing essential services, especially public services. You will not be required to show a certificate to get to the clinic. I have heard… [claims] that we want to deny people services. That is not going to happen. What this is meant for, is to say that you can open up more economic and recreational activities,” the Minister said on Friday at his department’s weekly briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s vaccination rollout programme.

Phaahla announced that an implementation plan for the vaccination certificates will be presented to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) within the next 10 days.

The certificate will be accessible through a smartphone but those who do not own a smartphone will be able to receive a printed version of the certificate at their vaccination site.