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COVID-19: Numbers increasing – SA reports 887 new reported cases

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said that on Saturday, ten deaths were recorded, bringing the fatalities to 89 572.

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South Africa recorded 887 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said on Saturday. 


This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 929 175. 

This increase of 887 new COVID-19 cases represents a 2.8 % positivity rate. 

A further ten COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89 572 to date.

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“The cumulative number of recoveries is 2 820 994.” 

The majority of new cases is in Gauteng: 584, followed by the Northern Cape with 106 new cases, Western Cape with 49, and the KwaZulu-Natal with 42 new cases provinces. 

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19 092 934 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.


Health Minister Joe Phaahla earlier this month said the festive season coupled with the movement of people is expected to trigger the “inevitable” fourth wave of Covid-19 infections.

“This makes it more urgent that more and more people come forward to be vaccinated because we want everybody in our country to be protected from this inevitable fourth wave.

“If we all vaccinate, we can have a safe and enjoyable festive season. We call on all South Africans to head the Vooma [Vaccination Weekend] call and come forward and be vaccinated,” he said.

Phaahla said the vaccination rollout plan remains resilient, with the department having enough capacity to vaccinate all eligible residents of the country against the virus.

“We can do this by the end of December. Our teams in the provinces are taking vaccines to the people over and above the fixed vaccination sites.

“As we start to use more and more of the one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, we will be able to cover more full vaccinations in the next few days and weeks,” he said.

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