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COVID-19. Image: Twitter / @nicd_sa

COVID-19: SA records 1662 cases and 8 deaths – 13,7% positivity

South Africa added 1162 new cases on Monday, 23 May. The country now has 57 471 active cases of the disease.

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COVID-19. Image: Twitter / @nicd_sa

South Africa recorded 1662 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 23 May, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 12 125 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 13,7 percent.


The 1662 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Monday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 57 471. Eight people died of COVID-19-related complications in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to the NICD.

The National Department of Health added 19 deaths, including the aforementioned eight, bringing the death toll to 100 952.

There were 83 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the past 24 hours. The 262 private and 407 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 3164 patients admitted.

‘The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (13.7%), and is lower than yesterday (16.7%). The 7-day average is (19.8%) today, and is lower than yesterday (20.3%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased,’ said the NICD.

7-day moving average. Graphic: NICD.


The majority of the cases identified on Monday were found in Gauteng (39%), followed by Western Cape (22%) and KwaZulu-Natal with 13 percent.

The Free State accounted for 6 percent while Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 5 percent, respectively.

Eastern Cape and Northern Cape each accounted for 4 percent, respectively and Limpopo rounded off the list with 1 pecent of the day’s cases.

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

  • Eastern Cape – 65 cases;
  • Free State – 106 cases;
  • Gauteng –  650 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 216 cases;
  • Limpopo – 19 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 83 cases;
  • North West – 85 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 67 cases;
  • Western Cape – 371 cases.