As we count the days until the holiday/festive season begins, many across the country are keeping a close eye on the daily infection rate for COVID-19 in South Africa. None more so than the National Department of Health (NDoH), which shared its latest numbers for the spread of the virus last night.

To that end, the NDoH reports that 1 842 new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours, with the situation in the Eastern Cape getting particular attention, as more a greater number of fatalities are recorded in that region each day.

As such, the President’s calls for South Africans to remain vigilant under the new lockdown level 1 regulations, need to be adhered to if the country is going to get through the festive season without a second wave of infections.

For now, the total number of infections to date sits at 751 024, but oddly no update on the number of tests conducted so far, as has usually been the case in the NDoH’s reports. The department has, however, shared, the number of recoveries, which is currently 693 467.

This translates to a recovery rate of 92.3 percent, which is a level it remained at throughout all of last week.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 121 815 111 692 10 123 4 453
Eastern Cape 108 313 94 799 13 514 4 054
Northern Cape 22 725 18 700 2 859 301
Free State 58 418 48 109 10 309 1 663
KwaZulu-Natal 124 897 116 351 8 546 3 287
North West 34 317 32 100 2 217 510
Mpumalanga 30 676 29 593 1 083 611
Gauteng 231 643 224 840 6 803 4 882
Limpopo 18 220 17 283 937 480
Unknown 0
TOTAL 751 024 693 467 57 557 20 241

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