COVID-19 in South Africa: 6th July 2021

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The number of new deaths related to COVID-19 in South Africa is reaching a highly concerning level. This as the latest report from the National Department of Health (NDoH) confirmed 331 new fatalities have been recorded over the past 24 hours, marking consecutive days where more than 300 deaths have been reported.

As such, it looks like the delta variant of the virus is proving more fatal than previous ones.

Should these type of numbers continue, it remains to be seen what the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will do come 11th July, when the two-week long level 4 lockdown currently being enforced comes to an end.

Added to this is a continued slow rollout of vaccines, as the latest report accurate as of 17:00 on 5th July says 2 979 887 vaccines have been administered to date. It therefore begs the question as to why the private sector has not been allowed to assist government with its rollout efforts.

Either way, the rollout needs to be ramped up, especially if the third wave continues in its current fashion.

Looking at the rest of the key statistics from the report, 12 513 new cases have been recorded over the past 24 hours, pushing the total number of infections recorded to date to 2 075 409. The recovery rate has risen slightly to 88.1 percent and over 13.48 million tests have been conducted to so far.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 333 542 297 535 23 454 12 553
Eastern Cape 209 861 193 314 4 581 11 966
Northern Cape 60 333 53 590 5 341 1 402
Free State 116 994 99 332 12 482 5 180
KwaZulu-Natal 360 866 334 412 15 712 10 742
North West 101 736 82 620 16 641 2 475
Mpumalanga 99 664 90 983 7 148 1 533
Gauteng 709 628 604556 91 469 13 603
Limpopo 82 785 71 479 8 589 2 717
Unknown 0
TOTAL 2 075 409 1 827 821 185 417 62 171

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 Markus Spiske on Unsplash]

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