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Covid-19: 472 new infections and 62 new deaths reported in SA

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Covid-19: 472 new infections and 62 new deaths reported in SA

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28th October 2021

By: News24Wire

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South Africa recorded 472 new confirmed Covid-19 infections on Wednesday and 62 deaths, bringing the confirmed death toll to 89 049.

According to a statement by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), as of Wednesday, the country recorded 2 920 581 laboratory-confirmed cases.

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"The NICD… reports that 472 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, representing a 1.4% positivity rate," the statement read.

According to the Department of Health, 21 924 915 vaccine doses have been administered. Of those, 191 264 were administered in the last 24-hour reporting cycle. To date, 14 991 375 people are fully vaccinated.

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Gauteng has recorded 919 173 cumulative cases, KwaZulu-Natal 515 386 and the Western Cape 513 453.

"The majority of new cases today (Wednesday) are from Gauteng (22%), followed by Western Cape, accounting for 19%. KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 14%; Northern Cape accounted for 13%; Free State accounted for 9%; Eastern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga each accounted for 7%; and Limpopo accounted for 3% of today's new cases," said NICD spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Jimoh.

Gauteng recorded 103 new cases on Wednesday, the Western Cape 88 and KwaZulu-Natal 68.

There were 29 new Covid-19 hospital admissions in the last 24-hour cycle. As of Wednesday, 3 993 people were in public and private hospitals for Covid-19.

South Africa has conducted 18 440 973 tests, of which 33 030 were carried out in the last 24-hour cycle.

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