COVID-19 in South Africa: 5th February 2021

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Another weekend approaches under adjusted level 3 lockdown as COVID-19 in South Africa continues to dictate our lives. The number of new daily infections has decreased since the height of the second wave in December, but not enough for a lower level of lockdown.

Looking at the latest report from the National Department of Health (NDoH), the current state of affairs shows no real signs of changing, despite the arrival of the first batch of vaccines this week.

To that end, 3 751 new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours, pushing the total number of infections to date to 1 466 767. The other key figure sees 1 327 186 recoveries also being recorded, with the recovery rate remaining at a steady 90.5 percent. Testing has also been steadily ramping up in recent months, with more than 8.4 million having been conducted to date.

Unfortunately, however, 261 new fatalities were also recorded over the past 24 hours. While this is down from a few weeks ago, a number of provinces remain danger zones in terms of deaths, with Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape suffering in particular. The result is that the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in South Africa is now 45 605.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 271 187 248 068 23 119 10 488
Eastern Cape 192 467 178 949 13 518 10 871
Northern Cape 32 302 28 163 2 859 597
Free State 76 997 65 440 11 557 2 786
KwaZulu-Natal 318 797 267 856 50 941 8 925
North West 57 911 48 960 8 951 1 008
Mpumalanga 66 350 61 546 4 804 1 018
Gauteng 391 798 374 193 17 605 8 490
Limpopo 58 958 54 011 4 947 1 422
Unknown 0
TOTAL 1 466 767 1 327 186 139 581 45 605

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 engin akyurt on Unsplash]

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