This past week there have been growing concerns regarding the increase in new daily infections for COVID-19 in South Africa, especially with the festive season just around the corner.

While murmurs of a higher level of lockdown remain just that for now, the latest reports from the National Department of Health (NDoH) show that current regulations need to be adhered to if we’re to avoid a spike in cases over the holidays.

Looking at the recent numbers, 2 514 new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours, with the total number to date now sitting at 759 658.

The report also notes that over 5.21 million tests have been conducted, along with 702 544 recoveries being recorded. The latter means the recovery rate remains steady at 92.6 percent, which was the exact same figure it was at yesterday.

Unfortunately 115 new fatalities have been recorded too, pushing the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in South Africa to 20 671.

Again, the Eastern Cape makes up the largest portion of new fatalities with 43, the Free State has 23, Gauteng with the sae at 23, KwaZulu-Natal with nine, Mpumalanga has two and the Western Cape has 15.

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

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 123 573 112 920 10 653 4 502
Eastern Cape 113 139 99 900 13 239 4 200
Northern Cape 22 835 19 258 2 859 301
Free State 58 615 49 098 9 517 1762
KwaZulu-Natal 125 438 116 558 8 880 3 306
North West 34 482 32 391 2 091 541
Mpumalanga 30 885 29 797 1 088 614
Gauteng 232 388 225 235 7 153 4 958
Limpopo 18 303 17 387 916 487
Unknown 0
TOTAL 759 658 702 544 57 114 20 671

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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