COVID-19 in South Africa: 25th February 2021

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Last night Finance Minister Tito Mboweni presented his 2021 budget speech, with much of the planned spending this year dedicated to relief efforts in and around areas impacted by the pandemic. It places the latest figures surrounding COVID-19 in South Africa into sharper focus, with the lower numbers recorded at the begging of the week all but gone.

This as 1 862 new cases have been recorded over the past 24 hours, which is nearly double that of the previous day. The result sees the total number of cases recorded to date by the National Department of Health (NDoH) reach 1 507 448.

It is perhaps a good thing then, that Mboweni confirmed a R9 billion injection for the country’s COVID-19 vaccine securing and rollout.

Looking at some of the other figures in the latest report, over 8.96 million tests have been conducted to date, with 1 422 622 recoveries also being recorded. This translates to a recovery rate of 94 percent, which is the same as the previous day.

Unfortunately, however, 110 new fatalities were also reported by the NDoH, with the Free State accounting for the majority at 61. This sees the death toll related to COVID-19 in South Africa climb to 49 523.

The full breakdown of COVID-19 in South Africa is as follows:

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 276 746 259 149 17 597 11 102
Eastern Cape 193 773 182 074 11 699 11 269
Northern Cape 33 705 30 750 2 859 664
Free State 79 641 69 709 9 932 3 195
KwaZulu-Natal 327 760 308 491 19 269 9 539
North West 60 541 56 260 4 281 1 126
Mpumalanga 70 511 67 983 2 528 1 241
Gauteng 403 074 389 529 13 545 9 547
Limpopo 61 697 58 677 3 020 1 840
Unknown 0
TOTAL 1 507 448 1 422 622 84 826 49 523

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:

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