With the South Africa Weather Service confirming that the current heat wave being experienced by many provinces at the moment being set to continue for a couple more days, being cooped up inside during alert level 1 lockdown is less than ideal. This is especially so as the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa is still being fought.

The latest figures from the National Department of Health show that while the new daily infection has not peaked above the 2k mark for the past two weeks or so, it is still hovering in and around the same level.

To that end, 1 461 new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the total for the country to date to 705 254.

As for recoveries, the NDoH os reporting that 635 237 have been recorded at the time of writing, translating to a recovery rate of 90 percent, where it has sat for some time now.

Following yesterday, where only two provinces reported their fatalities numbers, we had anticipated a spike in the number of new deaths related to COVID-19 today. That is not the case, however, the NDoH still regrettably reports that 61 new fatalities must be added to the total number of deaths, which now sits at 18 492.

Of the 61, the NDoH confirms that 21 are from the Eastern Cape, 19 from the Free State, three from Gauteng, one from Mpumalanga, six from the Northern Cape, eight from the Western Cape and three from KwaZulu-Natal.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 114 534 106 184 8 350 4 288
Eastern Cape 92 122 86 927 5 195 3 451
Northern Cape 20 381 16 933 2 859 254
Free State 53 679 36 702 16 977 1 320
KwaZulu-Natal 121 436 112 205 9 231 3 139
North West 31 864 28 589 3 275 393
Mpumalanga 28 830 27 534 1 296 591
Gauteng 225 559 204 424 21 135 4 621
Limpopo 16 849 15 759 1 090 435
Unknown 0
TOTAL 705 254 635 257 69 997 18 492

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:

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