FILE – Covid-19 vaccine. File photo: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
FILE – Covid-19 vaccine. File photo: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

Covid-19 infections decrease as SA reports 648 new cases and 25 deaths

By Yasmine Jacobs Time of article published Oct 10, 2021

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Cape Town – South Africa reported 648 new Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in a statement released on Sunday.

The NICD said that 648 new cases have been identified, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 912 145. The NICD said this increase represents a 2.9% positivity rate.

“As per the National Department of Health, a further 25 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88 317 to date,” the NICD said. The NICD added that 17 982 358 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

The majority of new cases on Sunday are from KwaZulu-Natal (18%), followed by Gauteng and Western Cape (17% each).

The Northern Cape accounted for 14%; Eastern Cape 11%; Free State 10%; Mpumalanga 7%; North West 5%; and Limpopo1% of today’s new cases.

The total number of cases reported on Sunday (648) is lower than Saturday (816). It is also lower than the average number of new cases per day, over the seven preceding days (818). The seven-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased.

The NICD has urged the public to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and take precautions, such as wearing a mask that properly covers your nose and mouth, avoid unnecessary gatherings, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands regularly with soap and water, as well as sanitising.

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