Citizen Reporter & AFP
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5 Sep 2021
7:27 pm

Covid-19 update: 5,931 new cases, 76 more deaths reported

Citizen Reporter & AFP

The majority of the new Covid-19 cases are from KwaZulu-Natal (29%), followed by Western Cape (23%) and Eastern Cape (15%).

A member of staff undergoes a PCR Covid test during the Pro-Am in Johannesburg. Picture: Getty Images

As of Sunday, 5 September, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 2,819,945 with 5,931 new cases identified, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed.

This represents a 14.5% positivity rate.

76 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 83,419. The total number of recoveries stood at 2,594,857 with a recovery rate of 92,0%.

16,654,409 tests in total have been conducted to date in both public and private sectors. The country currently has 144,025 active cases.

A further 111 hospital admissions were reported in the past 24 hours.

The total number of vaccines administered in the country so far stands at 13,545,823.

Provincial breakdown

The majority of the new Covid-19 cases are from KwaZulu-Natal (29%), followed by Western Cape (23%) and Eastern Cape (15%).

Free State then follows accounting for 9%, while Gauteng and Northern Cape each accounted for 6% respectively.

Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 4% respectively, and Limpopo Province accounted for 1% of Sunday’s cases. 

Source: NICD

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