Covid-19: NICD records 903 new coronavirus cases

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that there was a two-week delay in reporting deaths from the Free State.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that as of 28 September there have been 671 669 Covid-19 cases reported in accordance to The National Institute For Communicable Diseases (NICD).

There are 903 new cases identified since the last report. Gauteng maintains the highest number of Covid-19 cases with over 219 000 cases.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4.1 million with 9 014 new tests conducted since the last report. Mkhize said that regrettably there were 188 more Covid-19 related deaths.

Three of these deaths were from Eastern Cape, one from KwaZulu-Natal, two from Gauteng, four from Western Cape and 178 from the Free State.

“There has been a two-week delay in the reporting of Free State deaths as the province collated data from the various districts and verified this against Home Affairs Data. This is part of efforts to improve the quality of data by aligning information from facilities with Home Affairs statistics. Data from postmortem swabs also had to be collated and verified. This is in line with the recommendations of the Medical Research Council. The data is now up to date.”

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 16 586. There are 604 478 recoveries which translate to a recovery rate of 90 per cent.

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