As of Friday, 18 March, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 3,702,042 with 1,558 new cases identified, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed.
This represents a 5.3% positivity rate.
39 Covid-19 related deaths – of which 6 occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours – was reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 99,868.
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There were 39 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
The total number of recoveries stood at 3,587,145 with a recovery rate of 96,9%. The country currently has 15,029 active cases.
23,543,564 tests in total have been conducted to date in both public and private sectors.
The total number of vaccines administered in the country so far stands at 32,987,853 as of 18 March.
As of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 3 702 042 with 1 558 new cases reported. Today 38 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 99 868 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 3 587 145 with a recovery rate of 96.9% pic.twitter.com/VJY8rnaVAm— Department of Health (@HealthZA) March 18, 2022
The majority of the new Covid-19 cases came from Gauteng (563), followed by Western Cape (439) and KwaZulu-Natal (281).
Free State (68) then follows, while Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape recorded 56 and 50 new cases respectively.
North West recorded 44 cases followed by Limpopo (44) and Northern Cape (15) had the lowest cases.
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Coronavirus has killed at least 6,050,440 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally based on official sources on Wednesday.
The US has recorded the most Covid deaths with 966,470, followed by Brazil on 655,585 and India with 516,072.
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Additional reporting by AFP