While most South Africans woke up to the news of Eskom implementing stage 2 loadshedding this morning, and the host of issues it poses, there is also the coronavirus to contend with. Recent statistics from the National Department of Health (NDoH), however, suggests that the number of new daily infections is indeed decreasing.

This as the NDoH has reported that 2 810 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded over the past 24 hours. This continues this week’s trend of lower numbers, but again it may still be too early to say whether the curve is flattening.

That said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is trying to remain optimistic, with the steadily improving recovery rate being highlighted. To that end the number of people who have recuperated stands at 432 029, according to the NDoH, which translates to a recovery rate of 75.9 percent.

While that is indeed promising, the number of fatalities related to COVID-19 in South Africa is still rising. At this stage it sits at 11 010 deaths to date, with 259 being recorded over the past 24 hours.

Of the new deaths, 108 are from Gauteng, 74 from KwaZulu-Natal, 46 from the Eastern Cape and 31 from the Western Cape.

As for the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country, it now sits at 568 919.

Looking at the split of infections per province, the NDoH confirms that Gauteng remains the hardest-hit province with 194 685 cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 101 499, Western Cape 100 536 and Eastern Cape 82 779.

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

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 100 536 88 735 11 801 3 485
Eastern Cape 82 779 78 210 4 569 2 332
Northern Cape 6 957 3 698 2 859 68
Free State 29 578 14 522 15 056 414
KwaZulu-Natal 101 499 56 758 44 741 1 524
North West 22 205 12 486 9 719 150
Mpumalanga 19 755 16 658 3 097 149
Gauteng 194 685 152 061 42 624 2 761
Limpopo 10 875 8 901 1 974 127
Unknown 50
TOTAL 568 919 432 029 136 890 11 010

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