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Covid-19 in SA: 2 597 new infections and 25 deaths recorded

File picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA)

File picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA)

Published Jan 17, 2022

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SOUTH Africa registered 2 597 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, with 25 related deaths occurring in the past 24 to 48 hours.

“Today the institute reports 2 597 new Covid-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 559 230,” said the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in a statement released on Sunday.

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The NICD indicated that this increase represents a 10.6% positivity rate.

There has been an ongoing audit exercise conducted across all of South Africa’s nine provinces to address a backlog of cases and deaths, the Department of Health said in a statement earlier this month.

"Due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog of Covid-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports 86 deaths and of these, 25 occurred in the past 24-48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 93 364 to date,“ the NICD added.

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The institute said that 21 797 292 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (28%) followed by Gauteng (23%).

KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 21%; Eastern Cape accounted 6%; Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape each accounted for 5% respectively; North West for 4%; and Free State for 3% of today’s new cases.

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In the last 24 hours, a total of 22 473 vaccine doses were administered in the country.

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