This week has already shaped up as a busy one when it comes to technology-focused events, all of which are virtual or online in some capacity, pointing again to the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the world in 2020. As for COVID-19 in South Africa, the National Department of Health (NDoH) has shared its latest local statistics on the spread of the the virus.

To that end, the total number of cases to date now sits at 694 537. This after 1 178 new cases have been recorded over the past 24 hours, with Gauteng being the biggest contributor, making up 32.2 percent of the new cases.

As for recoveries, these now register at 625 574, which translates to a recovery rate of 90 percent. If you’ve been reading our regular COVID-19 updates in recent weeks, you know that the recovery rate has lingered around this figure for some time now, and it remains to be seen whether it can surpass it.

Among all the latest statistics, the NDoH also regrettably shared that 165 new fatalities have been recorded, pushing the total number of deaths related to the pandemic locally to 18 028.

Of the new 165, the department notes that 31 are from the Eastern Cape, 28 from the Free State, 50 from KwaZulu-Natal, 31 from Gauteng, five from Limpopo, four from Mpumalanga, five from the Northern Cape and 11 from the Western Cape.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 113 099 105 347 7 752 4 271
Eastern Cape 91 049 86 400 4 649 3 331
Northern Cape 19 265 16 356 2 859 237
Free State 51 439 35 537 15 902 1 237
KwaZulu-Natal 120 566 111 831 8 735 3 056
North West 31 013 28 385 2 628 385
Mpumalanga 28 286 27 040 1 246 589
Gauteng 223 436 199 352 24 084 4 492
Limpopo 16 384 15 326 1 058 430
Unknown 0
TOTAL 694 537 625 574 68 963 18 028

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:

[Image – United Nations COVID-19 Response on Unsplash]