The latest Covid-19 cases in South Africa. Photo: Stock/Canva

COVID-19: SA records 2650 cases and 5 deaths – 21% positivity

South Africa added 2650 new cases on Monday, 2 May. The country now has 46 378 active cases of COVID-19.


The latest Covid-19 cases in South Africa. Photo: Stock/Canva

South Africa recorded 2650 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 2 April, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 12 626 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 21 percent.


The 2650 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Monday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 46 378. Five people died of COVID-19-related complications in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to the NICD.

The National Department of Health added seven deaths, including the aforementioned five, bringing the death toll 100 370.

There were 32 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the latest testing cycle. The 261 private and 407 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 2171 patients admitted.

“The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (21.0%), and is lower than yesterday (22.0%). The 7-day average is (20.7%) today, and is higher than yesterday (20.4%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased,” said the NICD.


The majority of the cases identified on Monday were found in Gauteng (51%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (23%) and the Western Cape with 13 percent.

The Free State accounted for 5 percent while Mpumalanga had 3 percent and Eastern Cape and North West each accounted for 2 percent.

Limpopo and the Northern Cape rounded off the list with 1% each.

The list below shows the new COVID-19 cases identified by province:

  • Eastern Cape – 66 cases;
  • Free State – 121 cases;
  • Gauteng –  1339 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 619 cases;
  • Limpopo – 15 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 75 cases;
  • North West – 45 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 35 cases;
  • Western Cape – 335 cases.