Earlier in the week we saw some relatively low new daily infection rates for COVID-19 in South Africa, but the latest statistics revealed by the National Department of Health (NDoH) have seen the infections rise to the levels we’ve reported on in recent weeks.

To that end the NDoH says that 1 990 new infections have been recorded, bringing the total for the country to date to 642 431.

As such it looks like our hopes that the number of new infections would be slowing down to triple digits each day are gone.

Whether this will impact talks of the country heading to lockdown level 1 remains to be seen, but either way, it appears as if South Africa still has some work to do in order to curb the infection rate.

Looking at the other statistics provided by the NDoH following the past 24 hours, 82 new fatalities have been recorded, with the total now sitting at 15 168.

Still the number of recoveries remain relatively high, with 569 935 to date. This translates to a recovery rate of 88.72 percent. It has been sitting in the high 80s for a number of days now, so hopefully the coming days will see the rate climb into the 90 percent range.

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

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 107 624 99 886 7 738 4 016
Eastern Cape 87 040 82 842 4 198 3 012
Northern Cape 12 407 9 075 2 859 150
Free State 40 456 27 129 13 327 806
KwaZulu-Natal 115 372 103 437 11 935 2 356
North West 26 580 21 673 4 907 295
Mpumalanga 25 311 23 917 1 394 416
Gauteng 213 741 188 987 24 754 3 860
Limpopo 13 900 12 989 911 257
Unknown 0
TOTAL 642 431 569 935 72 496 15 168

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