South Africa recorded more than 14 000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 18 August, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 66 645 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 22.1%, up from yesterday’s 20.4%
The 14 728 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Wednesday bring the total number of active cases in the country to 158 584. Unfortunately, 384 more people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 78 377.
A further 575 people were hospitalised because of COVID-19 within the past 24 hours. There are now 13 929 people admitted for treatment in both public and private hospitals.
“The total number of cases today (n= 14 728) is higher than yesterday (n= 10 685) and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n= 12 107),” said the NICD
“The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has increased.”
NICD Acting Executive Director, Professor Adrian Puren, said the Institute is noting a decrease in the number of daily new cases and test positivity rate, nationally, but trends differ at a provincial level.
The COVID-19 cases in Gauteng, Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga are undergoing a sustained decrease. The other five provinces, however, are either experiencing an increase in the number of new cases or sustaining the amount, according to the NICD.
“The Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provinces still appear to be on the upward slope of the third wave, although the Western Cape is showing early signs of reaching the peak of their third wave.
“Whereas the Free State and Northern Cape provinces continue to see a steady number of new cases,” said Puren.
The Western Cape (27%) and KwaZulu-Natal (25%) remain the provinces responsible for the most new infections. The Eastern Cape occupied third place with 13%, followed by Gauteng with 12%.
The Free State accounted for 7% of Wednesday’s cases, while Mpumalanga and North West accounted for 5% each. Northern Cape and Limpopo rounded off the list with 4% and 3%, 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:
The NICD’s Head of Public Health Surveillance, Dr Michelle Groome, said that vaccination against COVID-19 and complying with the government’s lockdown restrictions would be vital when it comes to seeing off the current third wave of infections and mitigating the impending fourth wave at the end of the year.
“While many may feel that the third wave is abating based on the national picture, adherence to the current adjusted level 3 restrictions and preventative measures remain essential,” said Groome.
“Vaccine supply and the number of vaccination sites have increased and it is up to the public to ensure that they present for vaccination.”