We are now day 18 into alert level 1 lockdown, and at this stage, it looks like the number of new daily infections for COVID-19 in South Africa is holding relatively steady, having rarely surpassed the 2k mark over the past couple of weeks.

Whether that is a sign that South Africa is ready to move out of lockdown, however, remains to be seen, which means we’ll have to continue to monitor the latest reports from the National Department of Health (NDoH).

To that end, the past 24 hours has seen 1 913 new cases being reported, pushing the total number of positive cases in the country to date to 685 155, with more than 4.3 million tests being conducted.

As for recoveries, these now sit at 618 127, translating to a recovery rate of 90 percent. This has been the percentage for some time now, so it is unclear if and indeed when it will rise.

Regrettably a significant number of additional fatalities have also been reported by the NDoH, with 145 new deaths bringing the total number for the country to date to 17 248.

Of the new 145, the NDoH says that one is from the Eastern Cape, 11 from the Free State, 42 from KwaZulu Natal, 41 from Gauteng, 24 from Limpopo, 11 from Mpumalanga, seven from the Northern Cape and eight from the Western Cape.

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

Province Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 111 826 104 690 7 136 4 231
Eastern Cape 90 165 85 301 4 864 3 145
Northern Cape 18 207 15 073 2 859 228
Free State 49 270 35 195 14 075 1 084
KwaZulu-Natal 119 930 111 318 8 612 2 820
North West 30 288 27 272 3 016 375
Mpumalanga 27 800 26 525 1 275 577
Gauteng 221 719 197 892 23 827 4 373
Limpopo 15 950 14 861 1 089 415
Unknown 0
TOTAL 685 155 618 127 67 028 17 248

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