Most South Africans are taking advantage of yesterday’s Heritage Day public holiday to turn this weekend into an extra long one. While the break will prove welcome given life under lockdown over the past few months, we still need to contend with COVID-19 in South Africa.

To that end, the past 24 hours has seen 1 861 new cases being recorded by the National Department of Health (NDoH).

As such it should be interesting to see what the coming days yield as far as infections go, but for now the total number of cases for COVID-19 in South Africa to date sits at 667 049.

Recoveries too are high, with it now being 595 916, as the recovery rate continues to hover around the 89.3 percent mark.

As for fatalities, these too have risen over the past 24 hours as the NDoH records 77 more deaths. The department notes that of the new 77, seven are from the Eastern Cape, eight from KwaZulu-Natal, 58 from Gauteng, and four from the Western Cape. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the country is currently 16 283.

How the above numbers will be impacted by the recent move to alert level 1 lockdown, however, remains to be seen.

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

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 110 080 102 642 7 438 4 155
Eastern Cape 88 568 84 108 4 460 3 093
Northern Cape 15 745 12 615 2 859 189
Free State 45 353 29 778 15 575 838
KwaZulu-Natal 118 350 108 966 9 384 2 612
North West 28 688 24 526 4 162 350
Mpumalanga 26 842 25 338 1 504 509
Gauteng 218 420 193 991 24 429 4 153
Limpopo 15 003 13 952 1 051 384
Unknown 0
TOTAL 667 049 595 916 71 133 16 283

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