SA's Covid-19 death toll continues to climb

SA's Covid-19 death toll continues to climb

A further 317 people succumbed to Covid-19 related illnesses on Thursday, pushing the total fatalities in South Africa to 78 694.

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In its latest data released on Thursday evening, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported 13 672 new Covid-19 cases. 

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 652 652.

The institute says the increase represents a 19.9% positivity rate.

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The majority of new cases are from KwaZulu-Natal (29%), followed by Western Cape (27%).

The Eastern Cape accounted for 11% and Gauteng accounted for 12%.

There has been an increase of 536 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

A total of 13 940 people are currently admitted in both public and private facilities.

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