This week many South Africans will be looking to call an end to work this year, as things usually prepare to wind down, but in a pandemic year, the threat of a second wave of infections for COVID-19 in South Africa looms large.
This as the number of new daily infections continues to remain high, with 7 999 new cases reported over the past 24 hours, according to the latest statistics from the National Department of Health (NDoH).
As a result, the total number of infections for the country to date now sits at 860 964, with 761 011 recoveries also being reported. This translates to a recovery rate of 88 percent, which sees the figure drop from its 92 percent mark only two weeks ago.
Along with a drop in the recovery rate, 170 new fatalities have unfortunately been recorded too. The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in South Africa now sits at 23 276. Of the new 170, the Eastern Cape and Western Cape account for the largest numbers once again, at 94 and 54 respectively.
The full breakdown of COVID-19 in South Africa, sans updated recoveries and active cases, is as follows:
|Provinces||Confirmed Cases||Recoveries||Active cases||Deaths|
|Western Cape||154 851||125 700||29 151||5 097|
|Eastern Cape||148 528||126 748||21 780||5 493|
|Northern Cape||23 732||21 196||2 859||352|
|Free State||59 818||53 068||6 750||2 069|
|KwaZulu-Natal||141 372||120 207||21 165||3 457|
|North West||35 703||33 918||1 785||566|
|Mpumalanga||32 297||31 007||1 290||617|
|Gauteng||245 360||231 009||14 351||5 111|
|Limpopo||19 303||18 158||1 145||514|
|TOTAL||860 964||761 011||99 953||23 276|
As always, in order to stay up to date with the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and abroad, we advise the following materials and platforms:
- Dr Zweli Mkhize on Twitter
- COVID-19 Connect on WhatsApp – add 0600 123 456 as a contact and say “Hi”.
- World Health Organisation
- SA Coronavirus website
- SA Government
- SA Presidency