The National Institute For Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports that South Africa identified just more 16 000 new COVID-19 cases within the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate is now 24.5% and 148 more people succumbed to the disease. Gauteng and the Western Cape continue to be the provinces most affected by the third wave.
The country has 141 910 active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, 24 June.
SA ADDS 16 078 NEW COVID-19 CASES
The NICD said 16 078 new COVID-19 cases were identified on Thursday. The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases since the outbreak began in 2020 now sits at 1 877 143.
The latest figures represent a 24.5% positivity rate, as 65 631 new tests were conducted, which is just a tad less than the 24.9% positivity rate recorded on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, a further 148 COVID-19 related deaths were reported and the total fatalities to date is 59 406.
Hospital admissions continue to rise and at least 607 people have been admitted to health facilities in the last 24 hours. There are currently 10 736 patients in hospital with the disease across the country.
The table below illustrates how the COVID-19 hospitalisations are split between private and public facilities:
|Sector||Facilities Reporting||Admissions to Date||Died to Date||Currently Admitted|
|Private||257||140 543||23 437||7100|
|Public||400||156 399||37 136||3636|
|TOTAL||657||296 942||60 600||10 736|
The majority of the new COVID-19 cases were found in Gauteng, once again, with 59%. The Western Cape followed with 12%. The table below shows the number of new cases per province.
|Province||New Cases on 24 June|