As South Africans breathe a sigh of relief after being placed on adjusted Level 2 restrictions, news of a decrease in COVID-19 cases may put a smile on many faces.
According to IOL, South Africa has recorded 3 961 new cases on Sunday, September 12. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has indicated that infections are currently showing signs of a “sustained downward trend.”
While the number may still sound reasonably high, the NCID states that the total number of cases was lower than Saturdays 5 309 and lower than the average number of new cases per day over days prior.
“The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (28%), followed by Eastern Cape (20%),” the NICD stated.
“Western Cape accounted for 18%; Northern Cape accounted for 9%; Free State & Gauteng Province each accounted for 8% respectively; Mpumalanga & North West each accounted for 4%, and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.”
“The seven-day moving average daily number of cases has decreased,” it said.
“There has been an increase of 92 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.”
Unfortunately, a number of COVID-19 related fatalities have also been recorded. Approximately 126 more people have died in South Africa after having contracted the virus, reports EWN. These deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours and have brought the national death toll to 84 877.