This morning marks a week of the country moving to alert level 1 lockdown. It is also the first Monday after an extra long weekend for many, following Heritage Day last week Thursday. As such, it will be of interest to the National Department of Health (NDoH) to see how these events have impacted the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.
While the full impact is yet to be known, the past 24 hours has seen 1 268 new cases for the disease being recorded locally, as the country’s total number of infections to date now sits at 670 766.
The recoveries still remain relatively high, however, registering at 603 721 to date, which translates to a recovery rate of 90 percent. This is a rather important milestone for the NDoH, as we had been sitting on the 89 percent mark for quite some time. Whether we fall either side of the 90 as the week progresses, remains to be seen.
As for fatalities, 22 were recorded over the past 24 hours. The NDoH says of the new 22, seven are from the Eastern Cape, five from KwaZulu-Natal, two from Gauteng, five from the North West, and three from the Western Cape. The country’s total number of COVID-19-related fatalities is now 16 398.
The full breakdown of COVID-19 in South Africa is as follows:
|Province||Confirmed Cases||Recoveries||Active cases||Deaths|
|Western Cape||110 430||103 108||7 322||4 163|
|Eastern Cape||88 892||84 574||4 318||3 110|
|Northern Cape||16 243||13 225||2 859||197|
|Free State||46 128||31 602||14 526||838|
|KwaZulu-Natal||118 731||109 960||8 771||2 626|
|North West||29 012||25 800||3 212||355|
|Mpumalanga||27 021||25 800||1 221||520|
|Gauteng||219 039||195 417||23 622||4 203|
|Limpopo||15 270||14 235||1 035||386|
|TOTAL||670 766||603 721||67 045||16 398|
As always, in order to stay up to date with the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and abroad, we advise the following materials and platforms:
- Dr Zweli Mkhize on Twitter
- COVID-19 Connect on WhatsApp – add 0600 123 456 as a contact and say “Hi”.
- World Health Organisation
- SA Coronavirus website
- SA Government
- SA Presidency