The latest Covid-19 stats in South Africa. Photo: Pexels

COVID-19: SA records 4631 cases and 1 death – 17,8% positivity rate

‘There is evidence of increased COVID-19 hospitalisation and deaths,’ said Dr Waasila Jassat, the NICD head of National Hospital Surveillance.


The latest Covid-19 stats in South Africa. Photo: Pexels

South Africa recorded 4631 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, 22 April, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 26 065 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 17,8 percent.


The 4631 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Friday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 22 891. One person died of COVID-19-related complications in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to the NICD.

“The public should exercise caution in interpreting these data as there may be changes in test patterns. An early warning indicator, wastewater detection surveillance, shows an increase in Gauteng,” said NICD Director, Professor Adrian Puren.

Puren added that there is currently no evidence that the Omicron variant of concern is being displaced as the dominant variant.

The National Department of Health added 10 more deaths on Friday, including the aforementioned one, bringing the death toll to 100 286. The additional deaths are the result of an ongoing audit exercise, which could result in a backlog.

There were 70 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the latest testing cycle. The 259 private and 407 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 2194 patients admitted.

Dr Waasila Jassat, the Lead of the DATCOV COVID-19 National Hospital Surveillance at the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response, said there is evidence of increased COVID-19 hospitalisation and deaths.

“The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (17.8%), and is higher than yesterday (15.8%). The 7-day average is (11.7%) today, and is higher than yesterday (10.4%),” said the NICD.

7-day moving average. Graphic: NICD.


The majority of the cases identified on Friday were found in Gauteng (51%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (22%) and the Western Cape with 13 percent.

The Eastern Cape accounted for 5 percent and Free State had 3 percent.

Mpumalanga and the North West each had 2 percent while Limpopo and Northern Cape rounded off the list with 1 percent each.

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

  • Eastern Cape – 230 cases;
  • Free State – 120 cases;
  • Gauteng –  2374 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 1020 cases;
  • Limpopo – 48 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 101 cases;
  • North West – 88 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 36 cases;
  • Western Cape – 614 cases.