Last week, after two days where the daily infection rate dropped below the 10k mark for COVID-19 in South Africa, the National Department of Health (NDoH) was hoping that trend would continue in the following days.

Unfortunately it did not, rising again to the 11k mark, but the latest statistics from the NDoH has once again given government cause for optimism that it is slowing the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.

This as the number of reported cases appears to have slowed down slightly in some of the worst impacted provinces – namely Gauteng, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

“While it may be too soon to draw firm conclusions, this suggests that the prevention measures that South Africans have implemented are having an effect,” President Cyril Ramaphosa noted in a statement over the weekend.

We have to concur with the president that it is indeed too early to make such a call, but recent numbers released by the NDoH do show a drop in infections. To that end the past 24 hours has seen 8 195 new cases being reported, bringing the total to 503 290.

Other key figures include 342 461 people having already recovered from the coronavirus and 152 676 cases that are currently active. Perhaps the most crucial figure has seen 8 366 fatalities recorded to date, with the president also highlighting the low mortality rate.

“The case fatality rate – which is the number of deaths as a proportion of confirmed cases – remains at 1.6%, significantly lower than the global average,” he explained.

Despite being low, whether such a high number of deaths is acceptable will need to be discussed and looked at once we’ve exited the COVID-19 era.

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

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 96 838 80 956 15 882 3 117
Eastern Cape 79 410 68 652 10 758 1 769
Northern Cape 5 131 1 874 3 257 36
Free State 23 099 8 897 14 202 205
KwaZulu-Natal 82 300 37 127 45 173 875
North West 19 961 8 751 11 210 81
Mpumalanga 15 120 8 674 6 446 78
Gauteng 180 532 126 784 53 748 2 115
Limpopo 9 044 5 512 3 532 90
Unknown 50
TOTAL 511 485 347 227 164 258 8 366

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