The number of new infections for COVID-19 in South Africa continue to be a concern with 16 079 infections recorded over the past 24 hours. With the country in the mist of a third wave of infections, it looks like a harder lockdown needs to happen. Still, at the time of writing, the Presidency has not confirm any such status.
Looking at the rest of the report from the National Department of Health (NDoH), another metric of concern is that of fatalities, with 148 new deaths recorded. This pushes the death toll related to COVID-19 in South Africa to 59 406.
As for the total number of infections recorded to date, these now sit at 1 887 143, as more than 12.76 million tests have been conducted to date. The recovery rate has also slipped slightly to 89.3 percent, with 1 675 827 recoveries recorded so far.
Shifting to the vaccine rollout, and the report accurate as of 17:00 on 24th June says 2 550 248 vaccines have been administered. With teachers now joining frontline healthcare workers and those over 60 in getting vaccines, some progress is being made, but the pace is still less than ideal and needs to be ramped up significantly.
If the country were to move to a hard lockdown, as was the case in late-March last year, it remains to be seen what impact this will have on rollout efforts.
The full breakdown of COVID-19 in South Africa is as follows:
|Provinces||Confirmed Cases||Recoveries||Active cases||Deaths|
|Western Cape||313 560||287 572||13 808||12 180|
|Eastern Cape||204 175||188 430||3 950||11 795|
|Northern Cape||57 758||49 010||7 404||1 344|
|Free State||111 953||96 534||10 664||4 755|
|KwaZulu-Natal||349 301||327 629||11 039||10 633|
|North West||89 980||75 632||12 140||2 208|
|Mpumalanga||90 716||84 602||4 609||1 505|
|Gauteng||588 009||500 987||74 588||12 434|
|Limpopo||71 691||65 431||3 708||2 552|
|TOTAL||1 877 143||1 675 827||141 910||59 406|
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