Covid-19 in South Africa: 15,500 new infections in hospital stays of almost 15,000

A vaccination station in Meadowlands, Soweto.

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  • South Africa recorded 15,500 new laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 infections on Tuesday.
  • 457 new deaths were recorded, bringing the official death toll to 62,628.
  • Gauteng accounted for 59% of the new cases registered on Tuesday.

South Africa recorded 15,500 new confirmed Covid-19 infections and 457 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the official death toll to 62,628.

The country recorded 2,090,909 laboratory-confirmed cases on Tuesday, according to a statement from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

“The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) … reports that 15,500 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, which translates into a positivity rate of 26.2%,” the statement said.

As of Tuesday, Gauteng had 718,846 confirmed cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 362 163 and the Western Cape with 335 116.

The majority of new cases today (Tuesday) are from Gauteng (59%), followed by Western Cape (10%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 8%, Northwest accounted for 6%, Mpumalanga accounted for 5%, Eastern Cape and Auf Limpopo accounted for 4% each, Free State 3% and Northern Cape 1% of today’s new cases, ”said NICD spokeswoman Sinenhlanhla Jimoh.

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Gauteng recorded 9,215 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the Western Cape 1,573 and KwaZulu Natal 1,302.

To date, the cumulative number of # COVID19 cases identified in South Africa is 2,090,909, with 15,501 new cases reported. Today 457 deaths were reported for a total of 62,628 deaths. The cumulative recoveries now amount to 1,845,038, which corresponds to a recovery rate of 88.2%

– Ministry of Health (@HealthZA) July 6, 2021

There has been an increase of 790 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours. As of Tuesday, 14,995 people were in both public and private hospitals because of Covid-19.

South Africa carried out a total of 13,548,841 tests, of which 59,271 in the last 24 hours.

The recovery rate is 88.2%, which corresponds to 1,845,038 recoveries.

The total number of people vaccinated is 3,631,102, with 171,442 doses administered in the last 24 hours.

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