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:

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:

Day 48 of lockdown and 14 of level 4 lockdown has dawned following an address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday evening.

The full text of the speech can be found here or if you prefer you can re-watch the address over on YouTube.

In short, government will propose to stakeholders that most of the country be on level 3 of lockdown by the end of May. In the coming days government will also announce changes to level 4 regulations including expansion of permitted business activities in the retail space, ecommerce and restrictions on exercise will be reduced.

As of 13th May, the most up-to-date COVID-19 figures stand as follows.

  • Total tests conducted – 386 352
  • Total positive cases identified – 12 074
  • Total recoveries – 4 745
  • Total deaths 219
  • New cases as of 13th May – 724

The provincial breakdown is:

  • Western Cape – 6 713
  • Gauteng – 2 074
  • Eastern Cape – 1 534
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 1 413
  • Free State  – 138
  • Mpumalanga – 66
  • Limpopo – 54
  • North West – 52
  • Northern Cape – 30

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:

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