Tomorrow is Heritage Day (24th September), and while many in the country will be using this opportunity to have an extra long weekend, there is still the prospect of COVID-19 in South Africa to worry about, especially as many people will likely be interacting in the coming days.

As such it should serve as a litmus test for the country’s recent move to alert level 1, so it will be interesting to see how this impacts the daily infection rate moving forward.

Focusing on the past 24 hours, the National Department of Health (NDoH) has confirmed that 1 346 new cases have been recorded, pushing the country’s total to date to 663 282. The number of recoveries has also remained relatively high at 592 904, which translates to a recovery rate of 89.38 percent.

While the recovery rate remaining high can be viewed as a positive, the past 24 hours has seen a significant number of fatalities being reported. 126 to be more precise, with the NDoH noting that five are from the Eastern Cape, 54 from KwaZulu-Natal, 45 from Gauteng, five from North West, and 17 from the Western Cape.

This brings the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in South Africa to 116 118.

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

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 109 616 102 266 7 350 4 138
Eastern Cape 88 319 84 108 4 211 3 084
Northern Cape 15 280 11 724 2 859 189
Free State 44 616 29 283 15 333 838
KwaZulu-Natal 117 972 108 684 9 288 2 586
North West 28 331 24 101 4 230 341
Mpumalanga 26 612 25 281 1 331 496
Gauteng 217 759 193 701 24 058 4 084
Limpopo 14 777 13 756 1 021 362
Unknown 0
TOTAL 663 282 592 904 70 378 16 118

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