The number of new daily cases for COVID-19 in South Africa is beginning to rise at an alarming rate.
As such, when the Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize noted that a second wave of infections is now expected for the country, his prediction is coming to fruition. If cases continue to rise at this level, it remains to be seen what government does in terms of lockdown and restrictions.
While we wait for word on that front, we can take a look at the other figures from the latest NDoH report, which sees the total number of infections for the country to date rise to 836 764. Added to this is confirmation that over 5.73 million tests have been conducted to date, along with 756 671 recoveries (90.42 percent).
Unfortunately 173 new fatalities have been recorded, with the Eastern Cape and Western Cape again accounting for the majority with 90 and 52 respectively. As a result, the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 now stands at 22 747.
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||147 085||123 477||23 608||4 970|
|Eastern Cape||142 834||126 748||16 086||5 206|
|Northern Cape||23 576||21 023||2 859||333|
|Free State||59 574||53 068||6 506||2 043|
|KwaZulu-Natal||135 853||119 776||16 077||3 423|
|North West||35 328||33 918||1 410||566|
|Mpumalanga||31 998||30 831||1 167||617|
|Gauteng||241 495||229 789||11 706||5 077|
|Limpopo||19 021||18 041||980||512|
|TOTAL||836 764||756 671||80 093||22 747|
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