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NC now has the fourth-highest cumulative incidence risk of Covid-19 in the country

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“In the past week, the Northern Cape also reported the highest weekly incidence risks in the country per 100,000 persons.”

THE NORTHERN Cape now has the fourth-highest cumulative incidence risk of Covid-19 in the country with 1,059 cases per 100,000 persons.

This is according to the latest weekly report of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, which summarises data from national laboratory-based surveillance that is used to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. The report is based on data collected up to 12 September 2020 (week 37 of 2020).

According to the report, as of 12 September 2020, a total of 649,793 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases had been detected in South Africa.

The number of newly-detected cases continued to decrease week on week, with the number of new cases detected in week 37 (9,815) lower than the number of new cases detected in week 36 (11,942).

In the past week, Gauteng reported the highest number of new cases (1,966/9,815, 20.0%), followed by Free State (1,851/9,815, 18.9%), and KwaZulu-Natal Province (1,321/9,815, 13.5%).

The Western Cape continued to report the highest cumulative incidence risk (1,584.3 cases per 100,000 persons). The Free State (with 1,450.3 cases per 100,000 persons) replaced Gauteng (with 1,417.6 cases per 100,000 persons) as the province with second-highest cumulative incidence risk and the Northern Cape (with 1,059.6 cases per 100,000 persons) replaced KwaZulu-Natal (1,031.0 cases per 100,000 persons) as the province with the fourth-highest cumulative incidence risk.

“In the past week, the Northern Cape also reported the highest weekly incidence risks in the country per 100,000 persons.”

The weekly incidence risk for the province was 89.7 cases per 100,000 persons. This was followed by the Free State (64.1 cases per 100,000 persons) and North West (23 cases per 100,000 persons).

The weekly incidence risk in all the other provinces was less than 20 cases per 100,000 persons.

Meanwhile, according to the NICD’s hospital surveillance report for 17 September, a total of 1,215 people in the Northern Cape have required hospitalisation. This includes 812 patients who were admitted to private hospitals and 403 to public hospitals.

There have been 97 deaths in the private hospitals from Covid-19 and 403 in public hospitals in the province. As at 17 September, there were 84 patients in private hospitals and 74 in public care, with a total of 25 in ICU (19 private patients and six State patients), while 26 are on ventilation (16 private and 10 public).