As we begin the final week of October, life under alert level 1 lockdown has proved tough for many, and made even more so given the recent rise in temperatures of late. With no word on when, or indeed if, the country will move out of lockdown, COVID-19 in South Africa still remains our most pressing issue.

To that end, the National Department of Health (NDoH) has released its latest statistics regarding the spread of the pandemic locally, with the total number of infections recording to date now sitting at 715 868.

This after 1 622 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours.

As for recoveries, the NDoH reports that 646 170 have been recorded, with close to 4.7 million tests having been conducted across the country to date. As has been the case for a number of weeks now, the recovery rate remains steady at 90 percent.

Unfortunately, however, the number of fatalities has risen, with 24 new deaths being recorded over the past 24 hours. The total related to COVID-19 is currently 18 968 as a result.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 116 150 107 341 8 809 4 325
Eastern Cape 93 986 88 437 5 549 3 552
Northern Cape 21 375 17 504 2 859 256
Free State 55 615 40 980 14 635 1 478
KwaZulu-Natal 122 263 112 468 9 795 3 191
North West 32 738 28 804 3 934 418
Mpumalanga 29 333 28 056 1 277 594
Gauteng 227 193 206 362 20 831 4 703
Limpopo 17 215 16 218 997 451
Unknown 0
TOTAL 715 868 646 170 69 698 18 968

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]