COVID-19 in South Africa: 17th December

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the number of new infections for COVID-19 in South Africa steadily increase.

It consequently peaked significantly over the past 24 hours, with 10 008 new cases recorded by the National Department of Health’s (NDoH) latest report, pushing the total for the country to date to 883 687.

As such there can be no confusion that South Africa is indeed in the midst of a second wave of infections, which could prove more devastating for the country during the festive season when lockdown regulations are likely to be ignored by most.

The other key figures from the NDoH report show that over 5.96 million tests have been conducted to date, with 774 585 recoveries being recorded. The latter means the recovery rate now sits at 87.6 percent, meaning that it continues to drop as a result of the increasing number of new infections.

Unfortunately, 166 new fatalities have also been reported, with the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 being pushed to 23 827.

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 162 574 128 750 33 824 5 230
Eastern Cape 153 085 132 752 20 333 5 770
Northern Cape 23 850 21 499 2 859 372
Free State 60 001 53 663 6 338 2 100
KwaZulu-Natal 146 819 121 746 25 073 3 510
North West 36 063 34 116 1 947 571
Mpumalanga 32 553 31 172 1 381 617
Gauteng 249 181 232 677 16 504 5 135
Limpopo 19 561 18 210 1 351 522
Unknown 0
TOTAL 883 687 774 585 109 102 23 827

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:

[Image – Photo by Alexandros Dimitri Karantges on Unsplash]

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