There has been cause for optimism from the National Department of Health (NDoH) this week in its fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa, and while there has been a distinct drop in the number of new infections, the latest figures show a rise in deaths.

This as 345 fatalities have been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to date to 8 884.

As it routinely does, the NDoH has provided a breakdown per province in terms of the new fatalities. To that end 116 are from Gauteng, 97 from the Western Cape, 89 from KwaZulu-Natal and 43 from the Eastern Cape.

Unfortunately two children make up the 345 fatalities, with both happening in KZN, being a three-month old infant and four-year old.

Shifting to the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, 4 456 have been reported in the past 24 hours. This brings the country’s total number of infections to 521 318.

As has been the case ever since the second wave hit SA following a drop to lockdown level 3, the hardest-hit provinces are Gauteng with 183 090 cases, Western Cape 97 261, KwaZulu-Natal 85 986 and Eastern Cape 79 844.

While the number of infections has slowed, it continues to rise, but Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is buoyant over the recovery rate being reported.

“The number of recoveries currently stands at 363 751 which translates to a recovery rate of 69.8%,” he explained.

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

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 97 261 82 447 14 814 3 245
Eastern Cape 79 844 71 420 8 424 1 832
Northern Cape 5 379 2 388 2 991 36
Free State 24 333 10 582 13 751 205
KwaZulu-Natal 85 986 44 664 41 322 976
North West 20 270 9 206 11 064 109
Mpumalanga 15 716 10 736 4 980 123
Gauteng 183 090 126 784 56 306 2 268
Limpopo 9 389 5 524 3 865 90
Unknown 50
TOTAL 521 318 363 751 157 567 8 884

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