Covid 19 Update, South Africa. Photo: SA News

South Africa has recorded 12 513 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 2 075 409.

“This increase represents a 31.6% positivity rate, which is higher than yesterday (30.2%),” the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Monday.

The majority of new cases are from Gauteng (60%), followed by the Western Cape (10%). Limpopo accounted for 7%, KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 6%, the North West and Mpumalanga each accounted for 5%, the Eastern Cape accounted for 3%, the Free State accounted for 2% and Northern Cape accounted for 1% of the new cases.

“As per the National Department of Health, a further 331 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 62 171 to date,” the NICD said.

A total of 13 489 570 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.

Meanwhile, an increase of 566 hospital admissions has been reported in the past 24 hours. –