Before we begin we’d like to take a moment to explain what is happening here.
“Why is a technology news website covering COVID-19 news,” is a question we’re bound to receive so we’re going to address it right here.
Regulations published by Stella Ndabeni-Abraham states that “all internet sites operating within .zaDNA top level domain name must have a landing page with a visible link to www.sacoronavirus.co.za”.
As we fall under that regulation, we are required to link to the Department of Health’s website but we’re taking that a step further.
Every morning and every afternoon we will publish an update regarding COVID-19 in South Africa. For the purpose of these updates we will refer solely to the following sources of information:
- National Institute for Communicable Diseases
- Department of Health
- The World Health Organisation
- South African Government
We understand that folks are doing amazing things with data-viz and there are comments from experts that can help, but our goal with these updates is to provide you, our reader, with accurate information from trusted sources. If the source is not reliable, it will not be linked here.
We will also be placing a banner on our home page which you can click at any time to be directed to www.sacoronavirus.co.za.
Our latest update follows on below:
It is the 19th day of South Africa’s national lockdown, and while most people are coming off of an Easter weekend where they were confined to the indoors, along with an extension of said lockdown until the end of April, the number of positive cases in the country has risen since this morning.
More specifically we’ve seen it rise to 2 415, following the latest update from the Department of Health. There has been no mention about the number of deaths at the time of writing, so they sit at 27 for now.
In terms of the different provinces and number of positive cases, the breakdown is as follows:
- Gauteng – 909
- Western Cape – 643
- KwaZulu-Natal – 489
- Eastern Cape – 174
- Free State – 98
- Limpopo – 24
- Mpumalanga – 22
- North West – 22
- Northern Cape – 16.
To date 87 022 COVID-19 tests have been carried out locally, and interestingly there are 18 unallocated cases, although there is no explanation as to why this is the case.
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.