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COVID-19: SA adds 6590 cases, 189 deaths

he Western Cape accounted for 30% of the cases on Tuesday, 10 August, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 23%. Unfortunately, 189 more people died of the disease.


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South Africa recorded more than 6000 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 10 August, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 35 100 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 18.8%, down from yesterday’s 21.7%. The Western Cape continues as the province responsible for the most new cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal.


The 6590 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Tuesday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 151 758. A further 189 people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 75 201.

A further 450 people were admitted to public and private hospitals across the country within the past 24 hours. There are currently 15 071 people admitted for COVID-19 treatment.

“The total number of cases today (n=6 590) is lower than yesterday (n=6 787) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=10 921),” said the NICD.

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


The majority of the new cases found on Tuesday are from the Western Cape, which accounted for 30%, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 23%. Gauteng was in third place with 19%, followed by Eastern Cape (11%); Mpumalanga, Free State and North West each accounted for 4% while Northern Cape and Limpopo accounted for 2% of Tuesday’s cases, respectively.

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 – 743 cases (653);
  • Free State – 281 cases (375);
  • Gauteng – 1252 cases (1039);
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 1525 cases (1442);
  • Limpopo – 111 cases (126);
  • Mpumalanga – 289 cases (406);
  • North West – 254 cases (347);
  • Northern Cape – 161 cases (432);;
  • Western Cape – 1974 cases (1967); and
  • Unallocated –  0 cases