Kaya News Reporter
The country’s Covid-19 death toll has surpassed the 88 000 mark when a further 123 deaths were recorded on Thursday.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), 33, 904 tests were conducted in the past 24-hours with 989 new cases recorded. A further 123 deaths brings the total fatalities to 88,104 to date surpassing the 88 000 mark.
#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 33,904 tests were conducted in the last 24hrs, with 989 new cases, which represents a 2.9% positivity rate. A further 123 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88,104 to date. See more here: https://t.co/xh5TUaqLR4 pic.twitter.com/r4SPOrssEs
— NICD (@nicd_sa) October 7, 2021
Since the start of the pandemic over 2.9 million confirmed cases have been reported, which indicates a 2.9% increase in the positivity rate.
The increase comes after the country was moved to Alert Level 1 earlier this month after a notable decrease in infections.
The majority of new cases are from KwaZulu-Natal 194, followed by Western Cape 186.
“Gauteng Province accounted for 16%; Eastern Cape accounted for 13%; Free State accounted for 11%; Northern Cape accounted for 10%; Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 5% respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of new cases.
Over the last 24-hours the NICD has reported that 212, 162 vaccines were administered, with Gauteng accounting for 58, 939 doses.