Covid-19 Daily Update: SA exits third wave, records 578 new cases.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 578 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 897 521. This increase represents a 3.8% positivity rate.
The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (22%), followed by Gauteng Province (19%);Western Cape accounted for 16%; Free State accounted for 15%; Eastern Cape accounted for 9%; North West accounted for 8%; Northern Cape accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 4%, and Limpopo accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.
NICD said a further 164 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 87 216 to date.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the country has exited the third wave according to the current definition.
"The national seven-day moving average of daily case numbers, positivity rate and testing rate continue to decrease, with sustained decreases seen in all provinces," the NICD explained.
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Meanwhile twenty-one percent of the country’s adult population is now fully vaccinated after 6 187 people either received a Johnson & Johnson shot or the second jab of the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday.
According to Health Department, South Africa administered 9 419 jabs in the past 24 hours, pushing the total to 16 827 790, while the country is now home to 8 391 620 vaccinated individuals.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that test positivity remains at 5% or lower for 14 days before countries or regions can reopen.
Globally, as of 24 September 2021, there have been 230 418 451 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4 724 876 deaths, reported to the WHO.