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COVID-19: Majority of the 13 751 new cases detected in Western Cape

South Africa recorded 13 751 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 29 July. Unfortunately, 523 more people succumbed to the disease. The majority of the positive tests were in the Western Cape.


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South Africa recorded nearly 14 000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 29 July, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The test positivity rate after the latest round of tests over the past 24 hours represents a 24.6% positivity rate. The Western Cape edged Gauteng as the province with the newest daily cases.


The 13 751 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Thursday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 155 958. A further 523 people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll since the onset of the pandemic to 71 431.

An additional 598 people were admitted to public and private hospitals across the country within the past 24 hours. There are currently 15 964 people admitted for treatment for the disease.


Most of the new COVID-19 cases identified on Thursday were in the Western Cape (29%) followed by Gauteng (27%) and KwaZulu-Natal (14%). Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga each accounted for 7% while Limpopo and North West each accounted for 5%. The Free State and Northern Cape accounted for 4 and 3 per cent respectively.

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

  • Eastern Cape – 979 cases;
  • Free State – 523 cases;
  • Gauteng –  3655 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 1900 cases;
  • Limpopo – 684 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 933 cases;
  • North West – 698 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 411 cases;;
  • Western Cape – 3968 cases; and
  • Unallocated –  0 cases: