The Health Department has started to include the results of rapid antigen testing in its COVID-19 statists.
Initially, all coronavirus infections were diagnosed through laboratory testing, however, these antigen tests were approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) over a year ago and have been increasingly used by healthcare professionals to diagnose the virus.
This method of testing allows for easier access and provides results within 20 minutes.
The department said that with the inclusion of the latest antigen results, South Africa recorded 868 positive cases over the past 24-hour reporting cycle.
Over the same period, 51 more people also died, taking the country’s known death toll to 89,635.
On the vaccine front, over 24.8 million jabs have been administered in the country so far.
As of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 2 948 760 with 868 new cases reported. Today 51 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 89 635 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 838 524 with a recovery rate of 96,3% pic.twitter.com/JJgiw4umuz
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) November 23, 2021