Most people in the country are gearing up for an Easter weekend under lockdown. Whether that is at level 1 or higher remains to be seen for now, but either way, it is a less than ideal way to spend one of our most popular holiday periods. Needs must, however, as we still need to contend with COVID-19 in South Africa and adhere to the regulations that have been put in place.
As we await word on any changes to the lockdown restrictions for the Easter weekend, the latest report from the National Department of Health (NDoH) confirms that only 548 new cases have been recorded over the past 24 hours. We cannot read too much into this figure though, as the trend in past weeks and months has been for the number of new cases to increase daily as the week progresses.
As a result, the total number of infections recorded to date now sites at 1 545 979, with 1 472 645 recoveries being recorded too. Unfortunately the recovery rate remains at 95 percent, however, which is a figure it has sat steady at for a couple of weeks now.
Another figure that is not moving as quickly as it should is the number of vaccines that have been administered to date, with 239 665 so far according to the NDoH. It makes the target of 1.5 million by the end of April almost untenable at this stage.
Regrettably the department has also had to report 47 new fatalities, with the North West accounting for 23 and Gauteng contributing 15. The death toll to date related to COVID-19 in South Africa has since risen to 52 710.
The full breakdown of COVID-19 in South Africa is as follows:
|Provinces||Confirmed Cases||Recoveries||Active cases||Deaths|
|Western Cape||282 504||265 907||16 597||11 446|
|Eastern Cape||195 362||183 798||11 564||11 358|
|Northern Cape||36 134||32 741||2 859||820|
|Free State||83 078||77 757||5 321||3 640|
|KwaZulu-Natal||333 795||318 217||15 578||10 167|
|North West||63 562||60 084||3 478||1 478|
|Mpumalanga||74 779||72 449||2 330||1 342|
|Gauteng||413 641||401 049||12 592||10 250|
|Limpopo||63 124||60 643||2 481||2 209|
|TOTAL||1 545 979||1 472 645||73 334||52 710|
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