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Monday, 18 April 2022 21:35

SA records 877 new COVID-19 cases with 34 related deaths.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 877 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 742 107. 

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (50%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (24%). Western Cape accounted for 15%; Eastern Cape & Free State accounted for 3% respectively. Mpumalanga accounted for 2%; and Limpopo, Northern Cape & North West accounted for 1% respectively for today’s new cases.

This increase represents an 9.6% positivity rate.

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (9.6%), and is higher than yesterday (8.4%). The 7-day average is (7.7%) today, and is higher than yesterday (7.1%).

Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports 34 deaths, and of these, 3 occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 100,181 to date.

Meanwhile New Delhi's COVID-19 positivity rate on Monday jumped to 7.72 per cent even as the city recorded 501 fresh cases, 16 less than the previous day, according to health department data.

The national capital on Sunday recorded a 4.21 per cent positivity rate.

With the new cases, the city's infection tally has risen to 18,69,051 while the death toll stood at 26,160 as no new fatality was reported.

The city had on Sunday recorded 517 Covid-19 cases with no deaths.

On Saturday, 461 Covid cases and two deaths were reported in Delhi while the positivity rate was 5.33 per cent.  A total of 6,492 COVID-19 tests were conducted the previous day, the bulletin stated on Monday, adding that a total of 1,188 covid patients are under home isolation.