COVID-19 in South Africa: 8th July 2021

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There has been yet another tough day with regard to COVID-19 in South Africa. This as the latest report from the National Department of Health (NDoH) has confirmed that 21 427 cases and 411 fatalities have been recorded over the past 24 hours during the third wave. It is the latter figure which is most concerning as more people in the country are dying as a result of the delta variant of the virus.

With the two-week long level 4 lockdown set to be looked at come 11th July, it is increasingly likely that stronger measures may need to be enforced in order to curb the current third wave.

The aforementioned report says the total number of cases recorded to date has now reached 2 112 336, with more than 13.61 million tests having been conducted to date. The death toll related to COVID-19 in South Africa has also climbed to 63 039 based on the latest figures.

As for other key statistics, the recovery rate is now 87.8 percent, with 1 853 804 recoveries being reported.

These spike in latest figures make the vaccine rollout all the more important, but progress on that front remains slow. As of 17:00 on 7th July, the NDoH says 3 819 730 vaccines have been administered to date, with the vast majority of these being the first jab of Pfizer vaccine. As such, a true reflection of the population immunity is unknown at this stage.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 337 937 301 555 23 647 12 735
Eastern Cape 211 122 194 031 5 072 12 019
Northern Cape 60 767 54 389 4 938 1 440
Free State 118 022 100 365 12 393 5 264
KwaZulu-Natal 363 779 336 092 16 871 10 816
North West 104 483 82 620 19 388 2 475
Mpumalanga 101 590 91 996 8 059 1 535
Gauteng 729 398 620 704 94 746 13 948
Limpopo 85 238 72 052 10 379 2 807
Unknown 0
TOTAL 2 112 336 1 853 804 195 493 63 039

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 CDC on Unsplash]

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