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New Covid-19 cases continue to decline

New Covid-19 cases continue to decline

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 2 548 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 44 399 with recoveries at 1 306 022.

BREAKDOWN OF NEW CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 2 548 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (4 525 new cases on 31 January). Unfortunately, we also lost 235 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 59 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 16 from the Free State, 51 from Gauteng, 10 from KwaZulu-Natal, 2 from Northern Cape and 64 from the Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry conducted 8 300 749 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 21 549 were done during the past 24 hours: 13 136 at public facilities and 8 413 at private facilities.

BREAKDOWN OF NEW COVID-19 CASES

NEW CASES, DEATHS AND RECOVERIES BY PROVINCE

The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:

Province Total Cases in South Africa Total Deaths Total Recoveries Active Cases currently
Gauteng 389 230 8 249 371 208 9 773
Western Cape 269 819 10 311 243 505 16 003
KwaZulu-Natal 315 762 8 588 260 195 46 979
Free State 76 468 2 732 64 572 6 164
Eastern Cape 192 118 10 713 178 325 3 080
Limpopo 58 176 1 269 53 749 3 158
Mpumalanga 65 417 988 60 438 3 991
North West 57 262 966 46 440 9 856
Northern Cape 32 057 583 27 590 3 884
Unallocated 0

COVID-19 UPDATES: SOUTH AFRICA

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday 1 February announced that South Africa would be entering an adjusted Level 3 Lockdown phase. It comes with reduced curfew times, and access to bars and alcohol again.

Ramaphosa also said government was mindful that the ban on alcohol posed challenges, including financial strain, on the industry.

“We are acutely aware that these restrictions have negatively impacted jobs in the hospitality, tourism, and restaurant industries. We are adamant that they should not continue any longer than is necessary to prevent further loss of life.”

In addition, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines also arrived at our shores today. President Ramaphosa, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and other officials lined up on the tarmac to welcome the precious vaccine cargo.

Ramaphosa said this day “marks a major milestone in our fight against the Coronavirus pandemic”, adding that the “batch will benefit our healthcare workers who have been at the forefront of keeping us all safe”.

GLOBAL STATISTICS

The United States is the worst-affected country with 441,331 deaths from 26,187,424 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 224,504 deaths from 9,204,731 cases, Mexico with 158,536 from 1,864,260 cases, India with 154,392 from 10,757,610 and the United Kingdom with 106,158 deaths from 3,817,176 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to population is Belgium with 182 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Slovenia with 168, United Kingdom 156, Czech Republic 153 and Italy 146.

Europe overall has 738,573 deaths from 33,409,695 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 597,439 from 18,924,598 and the United States and Canada 461,347 deaths from 26,964,985 cases.

Asia has reported 240,696 deaths from 15,234,753 cases, the Middle East 97,626  from 4,743,191, Africa 90,979 from 3,569,885 and Oceania 945 deaths from 31,707 cases.


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