South Africa confirms 877 fresh COVID infections

South Africa (as of April 18, 2022) has recorded an additional 877 cases of the novel coronavirus, as per the official data. This takes the total number of the confirmed COVID-19 infections in South Africa, since the beginning of the deadly pandemic, to 3,742,107.

Most of these new cases are recorded in Gauteng, which is 50%, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 24%, Western Cape with 15%, Eastern Cape and Free State with 3%, Mpumalanga with 2%, and Limpopo, Northern Cape and the North West with 1%, the official statistics reveal.


The positivity rate of the additional COVID-19 infections stands at 9.6%, which has risen as compared to the previous number of 8.4%.

National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) sharing the data-informed that thirty-four patients with the COVID-19 virus lost their lives in the time frame of the last 24 to 48 hours, as of Monday, April 18. With this, for the present time, the overall death rate in South Africa hikes to 100 181.

Statement of NICD cites, “Amid the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health – (NDoH), there may be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported. Today, the NDoH reports – 34 deaths, of which three occurred in the past 24 – 48 hours. This brings the total fatalities to 100 181 to date”.

Four patients with viral illness on Monday were admitted to the hospital facilities in South Africa. Meanwhile, to date, 24 198 159 COVID-19 tests have been conducted by the healthcare facilities, both private and public.

Till April 18, 21, 130,966 individuals in South Africa received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines and are now partially vaccinated, representing around 35.6% of the total eligible population. On the other hand, 18,155,537 individuals are fully immunized against the virus and account for nearly 30.6% of the total eligible South African population.

There are a total of 2,524,058 individuals in the country who are fully vaccinated and have also taken their booster shots as of April 18. This number of individuals represents around 4.3% of the total targeted eligible population of South Africa, as per the official data.