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Current wave showing signs of a sustained downward trend, says NICD | Muhabarishaji News

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South Africa recorded nearly 6000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, 10 September, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 56 957 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 10.3%, down from yesterday’s 12.0% rate.


The 5885 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Friday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 107 783. Unfortunately, 281 more people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 84 608.

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“The current surge in COVID-19 infections seems to be showing signs of a sustained downward trend,” said the NICD.

There was an increase of 330 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the latest testing cycle. The 255 private and 409 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 10 726 patients admitted.

“The total number of cases today (n= 5 885) is lower than yesterday (n= 6 270) and lower than the average number of new cases per day over the 7 preceding days (n=6 189,” said the NICD.

“The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.”

Graphic: NICD


The majority of the cases identified on Friday were found in KwaZulu-Natal (23%), the Western Cape (22%) and Eastern Cape (16%).

The Free State accounted for 11% while Gauteng had 9% and North West had 7%. The Northern Cape (6%), Mpumalanga (4%) and Limpopo (2%) rounded off the list.

The list below shows the new COVID-19 cases identified by province, the bracketed number is the number of cases detected on the previous day:

  • Eastern Cape – 960 cases (1117);
  • Free State – 654 cases (588);
  • Gauteng – 550 cases (596);
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 1341 cases (1223);
  • Limpopo – 121 cases (118);
  • Mpumalanga – 213 cases (431);
  • North West – 411 cases (274);
  • Northern Cape – 353 cases (444);;
  • Western Cape – 1282 cases (1479); and
  • Unallocated –  0 cases.


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