SA recorded 5,885 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, but it was encouraging to see the positivity rate – the number of new infections versus the number of tests over the same period – fell to a single-digit percentage.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) announced on Friday that the new infections had occurred with a positivity rate of 10.3%.
This comes after the NICD made two statements this week drew on the fact that the number of cases recorded across South Africa was falling – although that did not mean that the country’s citizens could get complacent.
Of the new cases that According to the NICD, the highest number was in KwaZulu-Natal (1,341), followed by the Western Cape (1,282). Eastern Cape (960), Free State (654) and Gauteng (550) all passed the 500 mark for new infections last day.
A total of 2,848,925 cases have been reported since confirmed nationwide with the outbreak of the virus in March 2020.
Last day, 281 additional deaths related to Covid-19 were reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 84,608.
There has also been an increase of 330 hospital admissions in the last 24 hours, meaning that 10,726 people are currently being admitted to hospitals across the country for treatment for Covid-19.