South Africa

SA records 3801 cases and 16 deaths – 14,9% positivity

South Africa recorded 3801 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 26 May, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 25 500 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 14,9 percent.


The 3801 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Thursday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 50 253. Sixteen people died of COVID-19-related complications in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to the NICD.

The National Department of Health added 49 deaths, including the aforementioned 16, bringing the death toll to 101 092.

There were 112 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 3202 patients admitted.

“The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (14.9%), and is lower than yesterday (17.3%). The 7-day average is (16.9%) today, and is lower than yesterday (18.3%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased,” said the NICD.

7-day moving average. Graphic: NICD.


The majority of the cases identified on Thursday were found in Gauteng (34%), followed by Western Cape (24%) and KwaZulu-Natal with 15 percent.


The Eastern Cape accounted for 10 percent, Free State had 6 percent while the Northern Cape had 4 percent.

Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 3 percent and Limpopo rounded off the list with1 percent of the day’s cases.

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

  • Eastern Cape – 375 cases;
  • Free State – 218 cases;
  • Gauteng –  1277 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 569 cases;
  • Limpopo – 43 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 129 cases;
  • North West – 117 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 147 cases;
  • Western Cape – 926 cases.


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