Earlier this week, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize addressed the nation’s media to provide an update on COVID-19 in South Africa, and the country’s plans to continue to fight the spread of the virus locally.

He also issued a warning, urging citizens to adhere to the regulations, and in particular to continue to wear their face masks in public, as well as sanitise often in a bid to ensure we do not fall prey to a second wave of infections.

Ever since we moved to alert level 1 lockdown, we’ve seen the number of new daily infections stay at a relatively low rate, but a continued life under lockdown and the recent heat wave will likely make people more antsy.

For now though, the numbers are on trend from what we’ve seen over the past few weeks.

To that end, the National Department of Health (NDoH) has reported 1 050 new cases over the past 24 hours, pushing our total number of infections to date to 706 304. As for recoveries, they now register at 639 568, with the recovery rate remaining at the 90 percent mark it has for some time now.

Unfortunately, 164 additional COVID-19-related fatalities have been recorded over the past 24 hours too, with the total number of deaths now at 18 656.

Of the new 164, the NDoH has confirmed that 46 are from the Eastern Cape, 41 from the Free State, 52 from Gauteng, one from Mpumalanga, two from the Northern Cape, eight from the Western Cape, nine from KwaZulu-Natal and five from Limpopo.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 114 667 106 440 8 227 4 296
Eastern Cape 92 246 87 746 4 500 3 497
Northern Cape 20 448 16 996 2 859 256
Free State 53 898 39 447 14 451 1 361
KwaZulu-Natal 121 528 112 236 9 292 3 148
North West 32 006 28 589 3 417 393
Mpumalanga 28 899 27 633 1 266 592
Gauteng 225 734 204 722 21 012 4 673
Limpopo 16 878 15 759 1 119 440
Unknown 0
TOTAL 706 304 639 568 66 736 18 656

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