COVID-19 in South Africa: 18th December

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The country is in the midst of a second wave of infections for COVID-19 in South Africa, with the new daily numbers this week remaining high.

The latest report from the National Department of Health (NDoH) confirms that 9 126 new cases have been recorded over the past 24 hours, with the total number of infections to date now siting at 892 813.

With the festive season now upon us, and citizens growing increasingly frustrated having been under lockdown for nearly nine months now, it remains to be seen what the numbers will look like in the New Year.

Looking at some of the other important figures disclosed by the NDoH, over six million tests have been conducted to date, with 780 313 recoveries being reported too. As has been the case ever since last week when the second wave was declared by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, the recovery rate is slowly dropping, and is now at 87.39 percent.

Unfortunately 184 new fatalities have been reported too, as the total number of deaths for the country related to COVID-19 rises to 24 011. Once again, the Eastern Cape and Western Cape are the most affected, accounting for 103 and 58 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 165 347 130 498 34 849 5 288
Eastern Cape 154 743 135 876 18 867 5 873
Northern Cape 23 934 21 557 2 859 372
Free State 60 094 53 663 6 431 2 104
KwaZulu-Natal 149 182 121 839 27 343 3 518
North West 36 187 34 116 2 071 571
Mpumalanga 32 730 31 193 1 537 617
Gauteng 250 910 233 273 17 637 5 146
Limpopo 19 686 18 298 1 388 522
Unknown 0
TOTAL 892 813 780 313 112 500 24 011

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 Arno Smit on Unsplash]

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