South Africa recorded more than 7000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 23 August, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 37 789 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 20.2%, down from yesterday’s 20.7%. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for a third of the day’s new cases.
The 7632 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Monday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 160 023. Unfortunately, 163 more people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 79 584.
A further 345 people were hospitalised because of COVID-19 within the past 24 hours. There are now 13 537 people admitted for treatment in 255 private and 409 public hospitals.
“The total number of cases today (n= 7 632) is lower than yesterday (n= 10 748) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 12 148),” said the NICD
“The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.”
KwaZulu-Natal was responsible for the majority of the new cases identified on Monday with 33%, followed by the Western Cape with 21%.
The Eastern Cape accounted for 17% while Gauteng had 7% and Free State had 6%. The Northern Cape and Mpumalanga both accounted for 5% each and the North West and Limpopo rounded off the list with 4% and 1% of the day’s cases, respectively.
The list below shows the new COVID-19 cases identified by province, the bracketed number is the number of cases detected on the previous day: