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COVID-19 latest: SA records 9 000 new cases

COVID-19 latest: SA records 9 000 new cases

South Africa has recorded an additional 9 010 cases of COVID-19 in a single day, which brings the total number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to 1 346 936.

This is the first time the country has reported less than 10 000 cases of the virus since December – at the start of the second wave.   COVID-19 has also claimed 344 more lives in the country – which now puts the death toll at 37 449.

Of the latest deaths, 63 were in Gauteng, 91 in KwaZulu-Natal, 66 in the Eastern Cape, 88 in the Western Cape, 11 in the Free State, Mpumalanga has recorded 12 deaths and 13 in the Northern Cape.

The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 7 653 371 with 39 90 new tests conducted since the last report.

Province Total cases in SA Total Deaths Total recoveries Active cases
Gauteng 364 269 7 009 315 982 41 278
Western Cape 258 124 9 220 209 049 39 855
KwaZulu-Natal 283 176 6 409 214 798 61 969
North West 51 547 783 37 293 13 471
Northern Cape 29 757 509 24 655 4 593
Free State 70 891 2 473 58   065 10 353
Eastern Cape 187 171 9 510 172 623 7 658
Limpopo 48 158 739 39 761 8 461
Mpumalanga 53 843 797 45 226 7 820

COVID-19: NEW VARIANT NOT MORE SEVERE, SAYS KARIM

At the same time, the chairperson of government’s Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Professor Salim Abdool Karim has said that the new variant of the disease was a cause for concern.

Karim and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize were part of a panel of experts who were discussing the impact of the second wave of COVID-19 virus on the country on Monday, 18 January 2021,

“There is no evidence that this variant is more severe,” Karim said.

“It is spreading faster. We do not yet have any answer on it. We are still working on it. A date is not yet available,”


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