South Africa: SA’s Covid-19 Infections Cross the 3.5 Million Mark

South Africa’s Covid-19 cases have now surpassed 3.5 million after 9 860 people tested positive on Thursday across the country.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), this means there are now 3 504 554 confirmed cases since the outbreak, representing a 21% positivity rate.

Data shows that the Western Cape recorded the highest daily infection after 2 632 people were confirmed to have contracted the virus, followed by 2 123 in Gauteng, 2 036 in KwaZulu-Natal and 1 079 in the Eastern Cape, while the rest of the provinces recorded less than 500 cases each.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health said the country logged over 500 COVID-19 deaths.

However, the department said the rise in the number of fatalities was due to the ongoing audit exercise conducted by provinces to address a backlog of COVID-19 mortality and new cases.

“Out of 551 deaths recorded today, only 45 have occurred in the past 48 hours,” the statement read on Thursday.

The Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, according to the department, account for 476 historical combined fatalities.

“The identification of these historic deaths is part of the process to align the provincial death line list with excess deaths.

“The provincial COVID-19 dashboards reflect COVID-19 deaths by date of death rather than by date reported, and provides the most accurate trends in deaths in patients with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the department explained.