COVID-19: SA records more than 700 cases, 509 of which are in Gauteng

South Africa recorded more than 700 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, 19 September, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 28 504 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 2,8 percent.


The 789 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Friday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 17 995. Unfortunately, seven more people died of COVID-19-related complications, according to the NICD, bringing the death toll to 89 562.

There were 38 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the latest testing cycle. The 258 private and 408 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 2 895 patients admitted.

“The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 2.8% which is higher than yesterday (1.7%),” said the NICD.

“The 7-day average is 1.4% today, which is higher than yesterday (1.2%).”

7-Day moving average. Graphic: NICD


The majority of the cases identified on Friday were found in Gauteng (65%), followed by the Northern Cape, North West and Western Cape, which each accounted for 6 percent respectively.

KwaZulu-Natal (5%), Mpumalanga (4%), Free State (3%) and the Eastern Cape and Limpopo (2% each) rounded off the list.

The list below shows the new COVID-19 cases identified by province:

Eastern Cape – 19 cases;
Free State – 22 cases;
Gauteng – 509 cases;
KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 43 cases;
Limpopo – 17 cases;
Mpumalanga – 28 cases;
North West – 46 cases;
Northern Cape – 59 cases;
Western Cape – 46 cases; and
Unallocated – 0 cases.

#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 28,504 tests were conducted in the last 24hrs, with 789 new cases, which represents a 2.8% positivity rate. A further 7 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89, 562 to date. See more here:

— NICD (@nicd_sa) November 19, 2021


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