The past 24 hours have given the National Department of Health (NDoH) cause for optimism in its fight to lessen the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. This as 5 377 new infections have been recorded over the past 24 hours, which marks one of the lowest new case figures in quite some time.

This follows the 8 195 recorded yesterday, but it remains to be seen if this recent downturn is just an anomaly or signs that the curve is indeed flattening.

For interest, 4 523 new cases on 23rd June is the lowest figure recorded since the second wave of cases hit South Africa when the country went to lockdown level 3.

While the smaller amount of new infections is cause for optimism, the NDoH confirms that 173 more fatalities have been registered, bringing the total to 8 539 since the pandemic reached South Africa.

Looking at each province, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize noted that  of the 173 fatalities, 45 are from Mpumalanga, 37 from Gauteng, 31 from the Western Cape, 28 from the North West, 20 from the Eastern Cape and 12 from KwaZulu-Natal.

As far as infections go for each province, not much has changed there, with Gauteng and the Western Cape leading all others. The Highveld is ahead by quite some margin, however, nearly doubling the number of infections of the Cape.

To that end, the NDoH says Gauteng has 181 946 cases and the Western Cape has 97 076 infections.

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

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 97 076 81 313 15 763 3 148
Eastern Cape 79 674 70 074 9 600 1 789
Northern Cape 5 302 2 381 2 921 36
Free State 23 705 10 149 13 556 205
KwaZulu-Natal 84 361 44 266 40 095 887
North West 20 149 8 872 11 277 109
Mpumalanga 15 395 8 674 6 721 123
Gauteng 181 946 126 784 55 162 2 152
Limpopo 9 204 5 524 3 680 90
Unknown 50
TOTAL 516 862 358 037 158 825 8 539

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