COVID-19 in South Africa: 31st March 2021

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Last night President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation regarding restrictions that would be imposed for the Easter weekend to try to control COVID-19 in South Africa. Among them was banning the sale of alcohol for offsite consumption, along with increasing the limits fr gatherings, while the curfew would remain as it currently is under alert level 1 lockdown.

It remains to be seen what impact these restrictions will have, especially as there are fears that a third wave of infections could happen during a holiday period, as was the case during the festive season at the beginning of the year.

While we await that outcome, the president has urged all South Africans to remain vigilant and adhere to regulations over the coming days and weeks. This as the steady progress we’ve made in bringing down the number of new daily infections can quickly be undone.

Looking at the latest report from the National Department of Health (NDoH), 756 new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours, with the total to date now sitting at 1 546 735. The department also confirms 1 473 588 recoveries as the recovery rate remains ta 95 percent.

As for other key statistics, 251 707 vaccines have been administered to date and 78 new fatalities have unfortunately been recorded over the past 24 hours. This has seen the death toll related to COVID-19 in South Africa rise to 52 788.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 282 596 266 101 16 495 11 449
Eastern Cape 195 391 183 846 11 545 11 359
Northern Cape 36 172 32 803 2 859 822
Free State 83 155 77 977 5 178 3 647
KwaZulu-Natal 333 887 318 241 15 646 10 176
North West 63 666 60 085 3 581 1 478
Mpumalanga 74 861 72 583 2 278 1 346
Gauteng 413 871 401 306 12 565 10 295
Limpopo 63 136 60 646 2 490 2 216
Unknown 0
TOTAL 1 546 735 1 473 588 73 147 52 788

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 Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash]

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