It is 21st September, which means the country has official moved to lockdown alert level 1. With it comes an easing of restrictions, but as the recent report for COVID-19 in South Africa shows, citizens will still need to adhere to regulations such as mandatory mask wearing if we’re to overcome this pandemic.

To that end the past 24 hours has seen 1 555 new infections being recorded by the National Department of Health (NDoH), with the total to date now rising to 661 211.

As for the number of recoveries, they remain relatively high at 590 071. This translates to a recovery rate of 89.24 percent. The recovery rate has hovered around that percentage for some time, so it remains to be seen when it will surpass the crucial 90 percent mark.

Shifting to the number of fatalities, 13 more have been reported over the past 24 hours, with three being from the Eastern Cape, one from KwaZulu-Natal, three from Gauteng and six from the Western Cape. The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in South Africa is now at 15 953, edging ever closer to the 16k mark,

With it only being day one of lockdown alter level 1, it remains to be seen what impact this move will have on the country’s daily infection rate. Hopefully South Africans still exercise caution when trying to return to normal.

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

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 109 507 101 896 7 611 4 117
Eastern Cape 88 164 84 108 4 056 3 070
Northern Cape 15 037 11 353 2 859 184
Free State 44 037 29 049 14 988 838
KwaZulu-Natal 117 743 108 004 9 739 2 531
North West 28 171 23 829 4 342 325
Mpumalanga 26 479 25 049 1 430 496
Gauteng 217 370 193 513 23 857 4 030
Limpopo 14 703 13 630 1073 362
Unknown 0
TOTAL 661 211 590 431 70 780 15 953

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