SA records 4227 cases and 14 deaths – 15,7% positivity

South Africa recorded 4227 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 24 May, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). The 26 947 tests conducted over the past 24 hours represent a positivity rate of 15,7 percent.


The 4227 new COVID-19 cases detected in South Africa on Tuesday brings the total number of active cases in the country to 54 600. Fourteen people died of COVID-19-related complications in the last 24 to 48 hours, according to the NICD.

The National Department of Health added 50 deaths, including the aforementioned 14, bringing the death toll to 101 002.

There were 139 people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment within the past 24 hours. The 262 private and 408 public hospitals reporting to the NICD now have 3246 patients admitted.

‘The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is (15.7%), and is higher than yesterday (13.7%). The 7-day average is (19.1%) today, and is lower than yesterday (19.8%). The 7-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased,’ said the NICD.


The majority of the cases identified on Tuesday were found in Gauteng (31%), followed by Western Cape (22%) and KwaZulu-Natal with 16 percent.

The Eastern Cape accounted for 11 percent, Free State had 6 percent while Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West each accounted for 4 percent, respectively.

Limpopo rounded off the day’s cases with 1 percent.

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

  • Eastern Cape – 478 cases;
  • Free State – 272 cases;
  • Gauteng –  1322 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 665 cases;
  • Limpopo – 54 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 169 cases;
  • North West – 186 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 161 cases;
  • Western Cape – 920 cases.


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