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COVID-19: SA records 13 025 new cases and 248 deaths

The Western Cape was the province with the most new COVID-19 cases for the second day running on Friday, 30 July.


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South Africa recorded just over 13 000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, 30 July, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The latest round of tests over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 23.4%, down from Thursday’s positivity rate of 24.6%. The Western Cape is the province with the most new daily cases for the second day running.


The 13 025 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Friday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 155 397. A further 248 people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll since the onset of the pandemic to 71 679.

An additional 646 people were admitted to public and private hospitals across the country within the past 24 hours. There are currently 16 142 people admitted for treatment for the disease.

“The total number of cases today (n= 13 025) is lower than yesterday (n= 13 751) but higher than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 11 337),” said the NICD.

“The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.”


Most of the new COVID-19 cases identified on Friday were in the Western Cape (27%) followed by Gauteng (24%) and KwaZulu-Natal (15%). Mpumalanga accounted for 7% while Eastern Cape and North West each accounted for 6%. Limpopo accounted for 5% while the Free State and Northern Cape each accounted for 4%.

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:

  • Eastern Cape – 845 cases (979);
  • Free State – 585 cases (523);
  • Gauteng – 3154 cases (3655);
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 1964 cases (1900);
  • Limpopo –cases 650 (684);
  • Mpumalanga – 965 cases (933);
  • North West – 746 cases (698);
  • Northern Cape – 564 cases (411);;
  • Western Cape – 3552 cases (3968); and
  • Unallocated –  0 cases.