Health Department warns of potential backlog in COVID death reporting in SA

In the last 24 hours, 3,789 positive COVID cases have been identified in South Africa.

FILE: A patient infected with COVID-19 at the Tembisa Hospital in Gauteng on 2 March 2021. Picture: Guillem Sartorio / AFP

JOHANNESBURG - In the last 24 hours, 3,789 positive COVID cases have been identified in South Africa.

This represents a 10,6% positivity rate.

The Health Department recorded 133 deaths but said there may be a backlog of COVID-19 fatalities reported.

Of the 133 deaths, 17 occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in South Africa to 94,784.

WESTERN CAPE EXITS FOURTH WAVE

Meanwhile, the Western Cape has officially exited the COVID-19 fourth wave.

Premier Alan Winde said there had been a continued decrease in new cases and hospital admissions.

He said new case numbers had dropped below 600 new cases based on a seven day moving average.