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”.

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

Our latest update follows on below:

Positive cases of COVID-19 in South Africa now sit at 17 200 as of 19th May 2020.

There have sadly been 767 new cases reported since 18th May 2020 and as many as 312 deaths.

In slightly better news there have been 7 960 recoveries and 488 609 tests to date.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 10 639 4 363 6 276 187
Eastern Cape 2 135 839 1 296 41
Northern Cape 37 27 10 1
Free State 168 118 50 6
KwaZulu-Natal 1 616 818 798 46
North West 72 28 44 1
Mpumalanga 78 57 21 0
Gauteng 2 361 1 671 690 27
Limpopo 94 39 55 39


On Tuesday evening, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced that schools would reopen for Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners on 1st June.

You can find more details about the plans for the reopening of schools here.

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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