The latest reported covid-19 cases in South Africa. Photo: Andy (andyroofs) / Flickr

COVID-19: SA records 6170 cases and 2 deaths – 22,6% positivity

South Africa added 6170 new cases on Wednesday. The country now has 44 808 active cases of COVID-19.


The latest reported covid-19 cases in South Africa. Photo: Andy (andyroofs) / Flickr

South Africa recorded 6170 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 4 May, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 27 310 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 22,6 percent.


The 6170 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Wednesday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 44 808. Two people died of COVID-19-related complications in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to the NICD.

The National Department of Health added 30 deaths, including the aforementioned two, bringing the death toll to 100 407.

There were 120 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the past 24 hours. The 261 private and 407 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 2479 patients admitted.

“The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (22.6%), and is higher than yesterday (17.6%). The 7-day average is (20.8%) today, and is higher than yesterday (20.6%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased,” said the NICD.


The majority of the cases identified on Wednesday were found in Gauteng (41%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (27%) and the Western Cape with 14 percent.

The Eastern Cape accounted for 7 percent, the Free State had 5 percent while Mpumalanga and North West each had 2 percent.

Limpopo and the Northern Cape rounded off the list with 1 percent each.

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

  • Eastern Cape – 404 cases;
  • Free State – 339 cases;
  • Gauteng –  2544 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 1640 cases;
  • Limpopo – 65 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 129 cases;
  • North West – 130 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 68 cases;
  • Western Cape – 851 cases.

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