The National Department of Health (NDoH) was looking for any positive signs earlier this week with regard to the number of new COVID-19 infections in the country, but the two-day long streak of daily new cases being under 10 000 has quickly ended.

This as the latest COVID-19 in South Africa figures saw 11 362 new cases being recorded in the past 24 hours. The result is that the number of infections in the country now sits at 471 123 at the time of writing.

It therefore looks like we are quite far from stemming the tide of this massive second wave of infections.

Exacerbating the news is the fact that 240 deaths have also been recorded over the past 24 hours, with South Africa’s number of fatalities being 7 497.

Looking at the numbers, the worst impacted provinces has remained the same, with Gauteng leading in terms of infections at 168 369, accounting for 35.7 percent of cases in the country.

Delivering the figures last night, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is still trying to remain positive by highlighting the recovery rate and high testing figures.

To that end the number of recoveries currently stands at 297 967, which translates to a recovery rate of 63 percent. The total number of tests conducted to date is 2 873 163, with 42 528 new tests conducted since the last report from the NDoH.

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

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 93 737 76 835 16 902 2 983
Eastern Cape 75 872 62 371 13 501 1 579
Northern Cape 4 135 1 275 2 860 29
Free State 19 207 2 178 17 029 154
KwaZulu-Natal 71 240 32 483 38 757 712
North West 18 231 7 181 11 050 72
Mpumalanga 12 442 6 393 6 049 65
Gauteng 168 369 105 614 62 755 1 836
Limpopo 7 840 3 637 4 203 67
Unknown 50
TOTAL 471 123 297 967 173 156 7 497

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