SA’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses 82 000

SA’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses 82 000

The country’s national Covid-19 death toll surpassed the 82 000 mark after another 431 new related deaths were reported in the 24 hours up to Tuesday evening.

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Statistics released by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) state that South Africa’s national death toll now stands at 82 261.

A further 7 086 new Covid-19 cases were reported, which represents a 14.4% positivity rate. 

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"The majority of new cases today [Tuesday] are from KwaZulu-Natal (25%), followed by Eastern Cape (22%). Western Cape accounted for 17%; Free State accounted for 10%; Gauteng Province accounted for 8%; Northern Cape accounted for 7%; Mpumalanga accounted for 4%; North West accounted for 3%; and Limpopo Province accounted for 2%," the NICD said. 

The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the country now stands at 2 777 659, with over 16 million tests conducted since the virus first emerged in the country in March 2020.

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