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    COVID-19: SA records 2809 cases and 5 deaths – 12,6% positivity

    South Africa recorded 2809 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 31 May, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 22 236 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 12,6 percent.


    The 2809 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Tuesday bring the total number of active cases in the country to 44 024. Five people died of COVID-19-related complications in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to the NICD.

    The National Department of Health added 28 deaths, including the aforementioned five, bringing the death toll to 101 190.

    There were 103 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the past 24 hours. The 262 private and 408 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 2949 patients admitted.

    “The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 12.6%, and is higher than yesterday (9.4%). The 7-day average is 12.7% today, and is lower than yesterday (13.1%),” said the NICD.

    7-day moving average. Graphic: NICD.


    The majority of the cases identified on Tuesday were found in Gauteng (29%), followed by Western Cape (25%) and KwaZulu-Natal with 18 percent.

    The Eastern Cape accounted for 11 percent, Free State had 5 percent while Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 4 percent, respectively.

    Northern Cape (3%) and Limpopo (2%) rounded off the list.

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

    • Eastern Cape – 307 cases;
    • Free State – 131 cases;
    • Gauteng –  810 cases;
    • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 508 cases;
    • Limpopo – 45 cases;
    • Mpumalanga – 105 cases;
    • North West – 126 cases;
    • Northern Cape – 87 cases;
    • Western Cape – 690 cases.


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