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COVID-19 latest: Numbers continue to drop – SA reports 648 new reported cases, 25 deaths

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Sunday 25 deaths were recorded, which brings the total of fatalities to 88 317 to date.


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A further 101 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 87 626 to date.


South Africa recorded 648 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said on Sunday. 

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 912 145. 

This increase of 648 new COVID-19 cases represents a 2.9 % positivity rate. 

A further 25 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88 317 to date.

“The cumulative number of recoveries is 2 791 256, which is 95.8% recovery rate.” 

The majority of new cases is in KwaZulu-Natal: 114, followed by Western Cape with 111 new cases, the Gauteng with 109, and the Northern Cape with 91 new cases provinces. 

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17 982 358 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.

This week, the Department of Health revealed that over 80% of COVID-19 patients in hospital, are unvaccinated. That shows that the vaccine is doing its job. It also shows how the number of people we can get vaccinated before December will be key in determining just how severe our 4th wave is.

In the last 24 hours, just 55 084 vaccines were administered across the country. You can view detailed national vaccine statistics, as well as a provincial breakdown, here.

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Meanwhile, CSIR Researcher Ridhwaan Suliman also said on Saturday:

“ALL provinces in South Africa have now formally exited the 3rd wave of #COVID19, based on current definition of case incidence less than 15% of recent peaks This is the 1st time in the pandemic we’ve had all 9 provinces out of a wave at the same time.”

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