Covid-19 update: AS positivity rate less than 1%
South Africa recorded a total of 89,332 Covid-19-related deaths on Sunday, with 13 new deaths reported in the past 24 hours.
205 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in South Africa, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,923,956.
The increase represents a positivity rate of 0.8%, announced the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service.
The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (18%), followed by Gauteng province (30%). the Free State represented 15%; The Western Cape accounted for 11%; Eastern Cape 6%, Mpumalanga 10% and North Cape 4%; The Northwest accounted for 4% and Limpopo 3% of today’s new cases.
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18,724,313 tests were carried out in both the public and private sectors.
There has been an increase of 22 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
The global death toll from Covid-19
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 5,042,330 people since the outbreak of the epidemic in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources established by AFP on Sunday at 11:00 GMT.
At least 249,431,180 cases of coronavirus have been registered.
The vast majority have recovered, although some continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.
The figures are based on daily reports provided by the health authorities in each country.
They exclude revisions made by other statistical agencies, which show the number of deaths to be much higher.
The World Health Organization estimates that the global toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than official records, due to the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19.
A large number of less severe or asymptomatic cases also go undetected, despite increased testing in many countries.
On Saturday, 6,306 new deaths and 411,296 new cases were recorded worldwide.
AFP Supplementary Reports