COVID-19 in South Africa: 3rd March 2021

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The National Department of Health (NDoH) has a new objective this week, as it looks to ramp up inoculations of frontline healthcare workers, as well as secure more vaccines for COVID-19 in South Africa. It appears to be struggling on both fronts, however, as the numbers for either metric do not look promising at this stage.

This as only 76 037 healthcare workers have been inoculated to date and no news has surfaced regarding a vaccine arrival in excess of the two 80 000-sized batches we’ve seen in recent weeks.

While the NDoH tries to sort those elements out, there is still the prospect of stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the country to contend with. Looking at the department’s latest report, 856 new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours, pushing the total number of infections to date to 1 514 815.

Other figures from the report sees 1 433 320 recoveries being recorded, yielding a recovery rate of 94.6 percent. Unfortunately, 194 new fatalities have also been recorded, with the death toll related to COVID-19 in South Africa increasing to 50 271 as a result.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 277 845 260 715 17 130 11 200
Eastern Cape 193 951 182 362 11 589 11 300
Northern Cape 34 057 31 317 2 859 693
Free State 80 174 70 644 9 530 3 279
KwaZulu-Natal 329 421 310 275 19 146 9 690
North West 61 070 57 450 3 620 1 203
Mpumalanga 71 265 68 972 2 293 1 262
Gauteng 405 035 392 367 12 668 9 740
Limpopo 61 997 59 218 2 779 1 904
Unknown 0
TOTAL 1 514 815 1 433 320 81 495 50 271

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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