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“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:

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Our latest update follows on below:

As South Africans wait for news on easing of lockdown restrictions, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread.

As of 20th May there have been 18 003 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa.

The total number of deaths has climbed to 339 and the Department of Health has reported that a two-day old baby has died as a result of COVID-19.

“Sadly we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to COVID-19- this was a 2 day old baby that was born prematurely and therefore had lung difficulties which required ventilation support immediately after birth. The mother had tested positive for COVID-19 and the child subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 as well. It is important to appreciate the complexities of the underlying condition of prematurity,” the department reported.

A healthcare worker in the Western Cape has also died as a result of the disease.

The provincial breakdown containing the latest figures follows on below.

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 11 262 5 105 6 157 210
Eastern Cape 2 215 1 036 1 179 45
Northern Cape 38 27 11 1
Free State 180 118 62 6
KwaZulu-Natal 1 650 842 808 46
North West 72 28 44 1
Mpumalanga 93 58 35 0
Gauteng 2 400 1 694 706 27
Limpopo 93 42 51 3
TOTAL 18 003 8 950 9 053 339

 

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