The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 1 862 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 49 523 with recoveries at 1 422 622.
The total number of vaccines administered is 41 809.
BREAKDOWN OF NEW CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES
As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 1 862 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (998 on 23 February 2020). Unfortunately, we also lost 110 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.
As per the report: 5 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 61 from the Free State, 12 from Gauteng, 7 from KwaZulu-Natal, 7 from Mpumalanga, 1 from Northern Cape, and 17 from Western Cape.
At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry recorded 8 967 460 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 34 510 were done during the past 24 hours: 14 357 at public facilities and 20 153 at private facilities.
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|
|Eastern Cape||193 773||11 269||182 074||430|
|Free State||79 641||3 195||69 709||6 737|
|Gauteng||403 074||9 547||389 529||3 998|
|KwaZulu-Natal||327 760||9 539||308 491||9 730|
|Limpopo||61 697||1 840||58 677||1 180|
|Mpumalanga||70 511||1 241||67 983||1 287|
|North West||60 541||1 126||56 260||3 155|
|Northern Cape||33 705||664||30 750||2 291|
|Western Cape||276 746||11 102||259 149||6 495|
COVID-19 UPDATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
ASTRAZENECA-OXFORD VACCINE UPDATE
Middle East: Jordan has reimposed an all-day curfew on Fridays to stem the spread of coronavirus as cases rise, officials said Wednesday, 24 February 2021.
Ukraine launched a nationwide campaign to inoculate its population against the coronavirus, following delays that sparked anger against the government in one of Europe’s poorest countries.
Slovakia: A team of five doctors and nine nurses arrived in Slovakia from Romania on Wednesday to help combat what is currently the world’s highest Covid death rate.
France may need to impose new local restrictions to deal with a worsening COVID-19 situation as it scrambles to avoid a new national lockdown, a government spokesman said Wednesday.
United States: President Joe Biden’s administration is set to distribute 25 million cloth masks starting from next month as part of efforts to defeat the pandemic, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday.
At the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 112,945,635, with the death toll at 2,503,415 and recoveries at 88,539,425.
The US is the worst-affected with 516,403 deaths from 28,940,131 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 156,742 deaths from 11,046,432 cases, and Brazil with 248,646 deaths from 10,260,621.
Russia has 84,430 deaths from 4,200,902 cases while the UK recorded 121,747 deaths from 4,144,577 cases. South Africa is currently 16th on the list, preceded by Iran, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and France.