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SA records 8 436 new COVID-19 cases

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South Africa records 8 436 new COVID-19 cases, with a 17.8% positivity rate

June 16, 2021 

 

Staff reporter 

 

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: South Africa has recorded a total number of 8 436 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1 761 066 since the outbreak. 

 

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said a total of 12 270 842 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors, with 47 394 tests conducted since the last report. 

 

The majority of new cases were recorded in Gauteng (64%), followed by the Western Cape (7%), North West (6%), Free State (6%) and KwaZulu-Natal (5%). 

“An increase of 1 415 hospital admissions and 157 in-hospital deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours,” the NICD said. 

Published with permission from– SAnews.gov.za