COVID-19 in South Africa: 24th May 2021

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Last week, as elderly citizens in the country began receiving vaccinations as part of the second phase of the Sisonke Protocol rollout, we saw the number of new daily infections for COVID-19 in South Africa rise. With a cold front currently gripping the Highveld and winter almost in full swing, the daily infection rate will be watched with increasing scrutiny as the National Department of Health (NDoH) looks to avoid a third wave of infections.

Looking at the latest report sans handy infographic, 2 894 new cases have been recorded over the past 24 hours. This has pushed the total number of infections to date to 1 635 465, with over 11.35 million tests having been conducted to date.

As for the vaccine rollout, the NDoH confirms that 480 665 Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccines have been administered, while 167 318 first dose Pfizer vaccines have been issued under the second phase of the rollout. The latter will require a second jab, so those who have received are not fully inoculated at this stage and have been added to the department’s larger total.

The other important elements of the latest daily report sees the recovery rate drop again, this time to 94.1 percent as 1 539 395 recoveries have been reported.

Unfortunately 30 new fatalities have been recorded too, with Gauteng accounting for the most at 20. This sees the death toll related to COVID-19 in South Africa rise to 55 802.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 291 457 276 962 1 996 11 751
Eastern Cape 197 093 184 863 210 11 643
Northern Cape 47 449 38 849 3 554 1 021
Free State 97 593 86 296 2 398 4 204
KwaZulu-Natal 338 853 324 238 5 041 10 482
North West 73 166 66 363 2 881 1 844
Mpumalanga 81 157 78 267 991 1 428
Gauteng 443 846 421 670 3 231 11 032
Limpopo 64 851 61 887 295 2 397
Unknown 0
TOTAL 1 635 465 1 539 395 20 597 55 802

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 Maskmedicare Shop on Unsplash]

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