COVID-19 in South Africa: 23rd June 2021

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The latest numbers for COVID-19 in South Africa are concerning. This as a third wave of infections persist while the temperature continues to drop and the number of newly recorded fatalities rises.

According to the National Department of Health (NDoH), 297 new fatalities have been recorded in the past 24 hours and with Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize still on “special leave” to handle allegations of corruption, there is little in the form of updates from those in charge.

Should we record a similar number of deaths in the coming days, it will do little to counter reports that some provinces could be moved to a hard lockdown.

While we await word on that front, the Sisonke Protocol vaccine rollout is still moving slowly and with the latest numbers only accurate as of 23:59 on 21st June, it is unclear precisely how many citizens have been inoculated at this stage. Looking at the figures, 2 229 242 vaccines have been administered to date, with 1 749 474 of these being the first dose of Pfizer vaccine, requiring a second dose six weeks after the first before inoculation can be determined.

As for the number of new infections, 11 093 have been recorded over the past 24 hours, pushing the total number of cases to date to 1 843 572. The recovery rate has consequently dropped to 90.3 percent, with over 12.63 million tests having been conducted to date.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 309 870 285 946 11 799 12 125
Eastern Cape 203 072 188 359 2 961 11 752
Northern Cape 57 170 47 984 7 854 1 332
Free State 110 910 95 905 10 312 4 693
KwaZulu-Natal 347 687 327 466 9 598 10 623
North West 87 815 75 632 9 975 2 208
Mpumalanga 89 268 84 377 3 393 1 498
Gauteng 567 681 494 869 60 492 12 320
Limpopo 70 099 64 912 2 646 2 541
Unknown 0
TOTAL 1 843 572 1 665 450 119 030 59 092

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 Mat Napo on Unsplash]

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