COVID-19: SA records 801 cases and 6 deaths

South Africa recorded 801 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 7 March, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 21 020 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 5,5 percent.

SA ADDS 801 NEW COVID-19 CASES

The 801 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Monday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 21 020. Unfortunately, 6 more people died of COVID-19-related complications in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 99 609.

The six deaths are included in the 62 deaths the National Department of Health added today due to the ongoing audit exercise, which could result in a backlog.

There were 28 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the latest testing cycle. The 259 private and 407 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 2482 patients admitted.

“The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 5.5%, which is lower than yesterday (6.1%). The 7-day average is 6.3% today, which is the same as yesterday (6.3%),” said the NICD.

7-day moving average. Graphic: NICD.

PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN

The majority of the cases identified on Monday were found in Gauteng (32%), followed by the Western Cape (20%) and KwaZulu-Natal with 15 percent.

The North West (11%), Mpumalanga (8%) and Eastern Cape (6%) followed.

While Free State and Limpopo each accounted for 3 percent and Northern Cape rounded off the list with 1 percent of the day’s cases.

The list below shows the new COVID-19 cases identified by province:

  • Eastern Cape – 49 cases;
  • Free State – 27 cases;
  • Gauteng – 255 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 124 cases;
  • Limpopo – 26 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 63 cases;
  • North West – 90 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 10 cases;
  • Western Cape – 157 cases; and
  • Unallocated – 0 cases.

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