COVID-19 in South Africa: 21st December

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Most South Africans have called an end to the work year, and while that would normally be cause for celebration, there is still the pandemic to worry about, especially as the country finds itself in the midst of a second wave of infections during the festive season.

To that end the latest report for COVID-19 in South Africa from the National Department of Health (NDoH) sees the total number of cases to date rise to 921 922. This as the past 24 hours has seen 9 445 new cases being reported, which does not bode well if SA does not want to cross the one million mark before the New Year begins.

Other key figures from the NDoH show that over 6.14 million tests have been conducted to date, with 793 914 recoveries also being reported. Naturally the significant increase in new daily infections has resulted in the recovery rate slipping to 86.11 percent.

Unfortunately, 152 new fatalities have also been recorded, pushing the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in South Africa to 24 691. Once again, the Eastern Cape and Western Cape account for the majority of new fatalities, with 105 and 30 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 174 664 134 192 40 472 5 493
Eastern Cape 158 484 139 264 19 220 6 155
Northern Cape 24 164 21 783 2 859 372
Free State 60 457 53 928 6 529 2 127
KwaZulu-Natal 157 432 124 262 33 170 3 643
North West 36 678 34 116 2 562 571
Mpumalanga 33 228 31 504 1 724 624
Gauteng 256 595 236 320 20 275 5 180
Limpopo 20 220 18 545 1 675 526
Unknown 0
TOTAL 921 922 793 914 128 008 24 691

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 Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash]

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