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Cases in SA rise by 1 862 as 41 809 vaccines are administered

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
Unallocated 0

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.

GLOBAL STATISTICS

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.

New Covid-19 cases declining as fewer tests are conducted

According to the Health Ministry, 1 102 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 48 094 with recoveries at 1 391 155.

BREAKDOWN OF NEW CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 1 102 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (1 744 on 14 February 2020). Unfortunately, we also lost 195 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 25 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 11 from the Free State, 58 from Gauteng, 3 from KwaZulu-Natal, 30 from North West, 6 from Northern Cape and 62 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry recorded 8 712 844 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 15 788 were done during the past 24 hours: 8 417 at public facilities and 7 361 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 193 357 11 130 180 970 1 257
Free State 78 723 3 001 68 288 7 434
Gauteng 398 796 9 239 384 311 5 246
KwaZulu-Natal 324 944 9 316 296 995 18 633
Limpopo 60 792 1 633 57 454 1 705
Mpumalanga 69 045 1 189 65 869 1 987
North West 59 490 1 057 52 999 5 434
Northern Cape 33 140 627 28 892 3 621
Western Cape 274 622 10 902 255 377 8 343
Unallocated 0

COVID-19 UPDATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

ASTRAZENECA-OXFORD VACCINE UPDATE

Global: The World Health Organisation gives emergency use approval to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccines, allowing distribution to some of the world’s poorest countries to begin.

New Zealand’s biggest city begins a snap three-day lockdown, forcing two million people to stay at home, as authorities scramble to contain the nation’s first outbreak of the highly contagious UK variant.

Iraq will re-impose partial lockdown measures until early March after detecting the UK strain of the coronavirus, including among children, its health minister announces.

United Kingdom: Britain intends to seek a “cautious but irreversible” ending of its lockdown restrictions, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says as the government introduces mandatory hotel quarantine rules for arrivals from dozens of countries deemed “high risk”.

Palestine: The Palestinian Authority pushes back the rollout of its coronavirus vaccination campaign due to a delay in deliveries.

South Africa: Children go back to school across South Africa after the continent’s hardest-hit country emerges from a second wave of the virus.

GLOBAL STATISTICS

At the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 109,582,809, with the death toll at 2,415,672 and recoveries at 81,874,147.

The US is the worst-affected with 497,690 deaths from 28,287,232 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 155,836 deaths from 10,925,208 cases, and Brazil with 239,359 deaths from 9,840,002.

Russia has 80,520 deaths from 4,086,090 cases while the UK recorded 117,396 deaths from 4,047,843 cases. South Africa is currently 16th on the list, preceded by Iran, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and France.

2 488 new Covid-19 cases, SA now 16th on global list

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 2 488 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 47 382 with recoveries at 1 377 980.

BREAKDOWN OF NEW CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 2 488 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (3 159 on 10 February 2020). Unfortunately, we also lost 237 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 46 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 25 from the Free State, 82 from Gauteng, 36 from KwaZulu-Natal, 12 from Limpopo, 19 from Mpumalanga, 17 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry recorded 8 605 729 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 32 265 were done during the past 24 hours: 16 097 at public facilities and 16 168 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 193 146 11 074 179 984 2 088
Free State 78 247 2 941 67 633 7 673
Gauteng 396 560 8 949 380 621 6 990
KwaZulu-Natal 323 158 9 246 293 370 20 542
Limpopo 60 270 1 629 56 701 1 940
Mpumalanga 68 125 1 152 64 677 2 296
North West 59 004 1 027 52 760 5 217
Northern Cape 32 862 613 28 707 3 542
Western Cape 273 528 10 751 253 527 9 250
Unallocated 0

COVID-19 UPDATES FROM SOUTH AFRICA

President Cyril Ramaphosa during his 2021 State of the Nation Address (SONA) address the COVID-19 Ters benefit, saying it will be extended until 15 March 2021. This to rebuilt the economy in the midst of a pandemic

He said businesses in several sectors “are still struggling and many families continue to suffer as the job market slowly recovers”.

“Over the last few months, we have had ongoing discussions with our social partners in business and labour, who proposed an extension of some of the social and economic support”.

On the downside, Spain announced that it would be extending it’s travel ban to visitors from South Africa. The country implemented the ban on 3 February 2021, according to Spain’s Health Minister Carolina Darias.

We hope that the the Healthcare Heroes drive will lift your spirits again. The drive aims to distribute the handwritten cards and letters to healthcare workers across South Africa while also fundraising for COVID relief.

Benita Enoch, founder of the Durban based start-up, Cardiology Greeting Cards explained that this will be to “bring encouragement to South Africa’s Health Care Workers by distributing 20 000 handwritten letters and cards of appreciation”.

“Simple acts of kindness accomplish exceedingly and abundantly good things for the human spirit.”

Benita Enoch, founder of Cardiology Greeting Cards

COVID-19 UPDATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

ASTRAZENECA-OXFORD VACCINE UPDATE

Global: The World Health Organisation warned against rash reopenings despite a fall in new COVID-19 cases in Europe. There’s still a long battle ahead before vaccines can tame the pandemic.

Paris: French MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo has gone public on his brush with COVID-19 in December, telling AFP on Thursday 11 February that it was “the most difficult week” of his life.

Norway: The International Ski Federation (FIS) announced on 11 February that all remaining World Cups in Norway were cancelled due to new COVID-19-related government restrictions.

United States: The US will see this year its second-largest budget deficit since World War II, while the federal debt will continue to climb beyond GDP, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate

Zambia: Debt-distressed Zambia began talks on Thursday with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a possible bailout loan after it defaulted on two interest payments over the past three months.

GLOBAL STATISTICS

At the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 108,159,724, with the death toll at 2,373,711 and recoveries at 80,159,705.

The US is the worst-affected with 485,543 deaths from 27,961,263 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 155,476 deaths from 10,879,826 cases, and Brazil with 235,185 deaths from 9,671,832.

Russia has 78,687 deaths from 4,027,748 cases while the UK recorded 115,529 deaths from 3,998,655 cases. South Africa is currently 16th on the list, preceded by Iran, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and France.

SA records 2 649 new Covid-19 cases

According to the Health Ministry, 2 649 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 44 946 with recoveries at 1 318 504.

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 2 649 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (4 525 new cases on 1 February). Unfortunately, we also lost 547 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 68 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 30 from the Free State, 91 from Gauteng, 143 from KwaZulu-Natal, 132 from Limpopo, 9 from Mpumalanga, 3 from Northern Cape, and 69 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry conducted 8 329 691 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 28 942 were done during the past 24 hours: 14 301 at public facilities and 14 641 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
Gauteng 389 841 8 340 372 887 8 614
Western Cape 270 073 10 380 245 360 14 333
KwaZulu-Natal 316 780 8 731 264 678 43 371
Free State 76 613 2 672 64 877 8 974
Eastern Cape 192 182 10 781 178 949 2 452
Limpopo 58 340 1 403 53 870 3 067
Mpumalanga 65 649 997 61 224 3 428
North West 57 408 966 48 960 7 482
Northern Cape 37 072 586 27 699 3 787
Unallocated 0
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday 2 February confirmed that nobody will be forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine, nor will it be administered in secret. He also added that non-SA citizens will also receive the vaccine.

Ramaphosa said the vaccine will be available to all adults living in South Africa, regardless of their citizenship. He explained:

“We will be putting in place measures to deal with the challenge of undocumented migrants so that, as with all other people, we can properly record and track their vaccination history”.

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

Ramaphosa said the delivery “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

A the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 104,362,133, with the death toll at 2,261,719 and recoveries at 76,127,365. The US is the worst-affected with 457,679 deaths from 27,017,980 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 154,635 deaths from 10,778,206 cases, Brazil with 226,309 deaths from 9,283,418, Russia with 74,158 from 3,884,730 and the UK with 108,013 deaths from 3,852,623 cases.

South Africa is currently 15th on the list with 1,458,958 cases, preceded by Poland (1,520,215), Mexico (1,869,708), Argentina (1,943,548), Columbia (2,114,597), Germany (2,239,943), Turkey, (2,492,977), Italy (2,570,608), Spain (2,881,793), and France (3,224,798).

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.

Covid-19 in SA: 4 525 new cases

South Africa has recorded 4 525 new Covid-19 cases and 213 deaths, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday.

“As of today the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified on South Africa is 1 453 761 with4 525 new cases identified since the last report,” Mkhize said.

“Regrettably, 213 more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, with 95 deaths in the Eastern Cape, 8 in the Free State, 58 in Gauteng, 23 in KwaZulu-Natal, 17 in Mpumalanga, 4 in the Northern Cape and 8 in the Western Cape. This brings the total to 44 164 deaths.”

Recoveries now stand at 1 299 620, representing a recovery rate of 89%.

The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 279 200 with 34 076 new tests recorded since the last report.

The latest statistics come as President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza, who chairs the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Vaccines, are set to receive South Africa’s first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine on Monday.

The first shipment of 1 million doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII) left the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on Sunday.

The vaccines are travelling on an Emirates plane via Dubai, and will arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon.

Mkhize has previously said the vaccines would first have to go through strict quality assurance and stock control over a period of 10 to 14 days, before they are distributed across the country’s nine provinces.

A second shipment of 500 000 doses from SII is expected to arrive later in February.

The Health Department aims to vaccinate around 40 million people by the end of the year, equating to around 67% of the population. If the target is met, top scientists say the country would have achieved population immunity.

The first phase of this rollout programme will prioritise around 1.2 million frontline health workers.

“The arrival of the first consignment at OR Tambo International Airport marks the start of the vaccine rollout which President Ramaphosa describes as the largest and most complex logistical vaccine undertaking in South Africa’s country’s history,” the Presidency said on Sunday.

SA records 7 150 new cases

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 7 150 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 43 105 with recoveries at 1 272 197.

BREAKDOWN OF NEW CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report7 150 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (7 070 new cases on 26 January). Unfortunately, we also lost 555 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 150 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 10 from the Free State, 70 from Gauteng, 249 from KwaZulu-Natal, 7 from Limpopo, 21 from Mpumalanga, 3 from Northern Cape and 45 from the Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry conducted 8 156 239 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 48 406 were done during the past 24 hours:25 605 at public facilities and 22 801 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
Gauteng 385 706 7 961 360 410 17 335
Western Cape 267 829 10 143 238 820 18 866
KwaZulu-Natal 310 076 8 248 256 092 45 736
Free State 75 306 2 698 63 202 9 406
Eastern Cape 191 327 10 379 177 388 3 560
Limpopo 56 691 1 253 50 709 4 729
Mpumalanga 63 130 933 56 233 5 974
North West 56 134 927 42 117 13 090
Northern Cape 31 599 563 27 236 3 800
Unallocated 0

COVID-19 UPDATES: SOUTH AFRICA

As per the Bloomberg Index, South Africa is officially the “second-worst place to be during COVID-19”. Not surprisingly, considering our lockdown protocols, curfews, and – as Tom Head puts it – “politically connected individuals raiding the state coffers for PPE kick-backs”.

“Three alcohol bans, five months of tobacco prohibition, a government-regulated list of what clothes you’re can buy during Level 4 – and even an attempt to ‘have everyone in bed’ by 21:00 on New Year’s Eve. Lockdown has been tough on millions of South Africans”

Tom Head, TheSouthAfrican.com

GLOBAL STATISTICS

At the time of publishing, the global caseload currently stands at 101,832,664 as of Thursday 28 January 2021, along with 2,194,742 recorded deaths and 73,577,621 recoveries.

The USA has a caseload of 26,255,326 confirmed cases, along with 441,554 total deaths and 15,976,927 recoveries. More than 81,000 new cases were recorded over the last 24 hours.

Also in the top five is worst-affected countries is India with a caseload of 10,720,971 while Brazil has a caseload of 9,011,822, Russia with 3,793,810 and the UK with 3,743,734.

France, which used to occupy the fifth spot, dropped down to sixth place. South Africa is currently 15th on the list, preceded by Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Turkey.

SA records 7070 new Covid-19 cases

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 7 070 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 42 550 with recoveries at 1 263 476.

BREAKDOWN OF NEW CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report7 070 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (6 041 new cases on 26 January). Unfortunately, we also lost 753 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 6 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 17 from the Free State, 75 from Gauteng, 261 from KwaZulu-Natal, 219 from Limpopo, 16 from Mpumalanga, 50 from North West, 7 from Northern Cape and 102 from the Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry conducted 8 107 833 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 49 065 were done during the past 24 hours: 23 439 at public facilities and 25 626 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
Gauteng 384 440 7 891 359 417 17 132
Western Cape 276 023 10 098 236 359 20 569
KwaZulu-Natal 308 176 7 999 254 814 45 363
Free State 74 865 2 688 62 737 9 440
Eastern Cape 191 060 10 229 177 388 3 443
Limpopo 56 059 1 246 49 340 5 473
Mpumalanga 62 047 912 55 924 5 211
North West 55 591 927 40 473 14 191
Northern Cape 31 387 560 27 027 3 800
Unallocated 0

COVID-19 UPDATES: SOUTH AFRICA

As per the Bloomberg Index, South Africa is officially the “second-worst place to be during COVID-19”. Not surprisingly, considering our lockdown protocols, curfews, and – as Tom Head puts it – “politically connected individuals raiding the state coffers for PPE kick-backs”.

“Three alcohol bans, five months of tobacco prohibition, a government-regulated list of what clothes you’re can buy during Level 4 – and even an attempt to ‘have everyone in bed’ by 21:00 on New Year’s Eve. Lockdown has been tough on millions of South Africans”

Tom Head, TheSouthAfrican.com

We also have SONA to look forward to, and the 2021 version might be unlike anything we’ve seen in the country before. The State of the Nation Address for this year is scheduled to take place on 11 February.

This year’s address will be a hybrid sitting, and there won’t be any red carpet fashion show or the procession of the three arms of state to look forward to. No military parade, no 21-gun salute. Andrea Chothia writes:

“In strict adherence to the National State of Disaster regulations, this year’s SONA will take the form of a hybrid joint sitting, with no more than 50 Members of Parliament, representatives from the Judiciary and the Executive in the physical chamber and the rest of this category connecting virtually”.

GLOBAL STATISTICS

At the time of publishing, the global caseload currently stands at 101,322,787 as of Wednesday 27 January 2021, along with 2,180,196 recorded deaths and 73,182,376 recoveries.

The USA has a caseload of 26,125,276 confirmed cases, along with 438,421 total deaths and 15,862,409 recoveries. More than 110,000 new cases were recorded over the last 24 hours.

Also in the top five is worst-affected countries is India with a caseload of 10,701,427 while Brazil has a caseload of 8,996,876, Russia with 3,774,672 and the UK with 3,715,054.

France, which used to occupy the fifth spot, dropped down to sixth place. South Africa is currently 15th on the list, preceded by Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Turkey.

SA infection rate drops while KZN death toll increases

The Health Ministry released the latest Covid-19 figures.  6 041 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 41 797 with recoveries at 1 254 674.

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 6 041 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (4 551 new cases on 25 January). Unfortunately, we alsolost 680 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 86 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 28 from the Free State, 141 from Gauteng, 306 from KwaZulu-Natal, 4 from Limpopo, 18 from Mpumalanga, 2 from Northern Cape and 95 from the Western Cape.

The Health Ministry conducted 8 058 768 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 39 529 were done during the past 24 hours: 24 738 at public facilities and 14 791 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 382 907 7 816 357 997 17 094
Western Cape 266 029 9 996 233 798 22 235
KwaZulu-Natal 306 234 7 738 251 871 46 625
Free State 74 413 2 671 62 240 9 502
Eastern Cape 190 833 10 223 177 388 3 222
Limpopo 55 384 1 027 49 252 5 105
Mpumalanga 61 386 896 55 477 5 013
North West 55 238 877 40 473 13 888
Northern Cape 31 154 553 26 178 4 423
Unallocated 0

COVID-19 UPDATES: SOUTH AFRICA

SA’s vaccine rollout is set to start 25 January in Gauteng, with the province aiming to vaccinate more than 10.72 million people. Dumisani Malele, Head of medical supplies in the Gauteng Department of Health, said:

“National [government] has informed us that probably by the end of this week we will be able to get our vaccine and our plan is to start the vaccinations by the first of February, depending on the availability and when the vaccine comes in”.

On Tuesday, members of Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa) gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to stage a peaceful protest and deliver a memorandum to have the alcohol ban lifted.

asa chief executive Wendy Alberts told Mercury News that approximately 4 000 restaurants out of the 11 000 restaurants in South Africa closed as a result. An estimated 500 000 jobs had been lost as well.

“There are loads of restaurant doors closing forever and hundreds of thousands of people are being retrenched, including those working in the value-added to the sector […] Our suppliers, bakers, bread makers and taxi drivers are all affected”.

GLOBAL STATISTICS

At the time of publishing, the global caseload currently stands at 100,616,430 as of Tuesday 26 January 2021, along with 2,160,018 recorded deaths and 72,580,585 recoveries.

The USA has a caseload of 25,917,597 confirmed cases, along with 433,175 total deaths and 15,659,994 recoveries. More than 56,000 new cases were recorded over the last 24 hours.

Also in the top five is worst-affected countries is India with a caseload of 10,689,268 while Brazil has a caseload of 8,881,853, Russia with 3,756,931 and the UK with 3,756,931.

France, which used to occupy the fifth spot, dropped down to sixth place. South Africa is currently 15th on the list, preceded by Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Turkey.

SA records just 4,500 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

SA recorded its fewest new Covid-19 cases since December 8, with 4,551 new infections in the past 24 hours.  It’s almost half the number of cases reported the day before.

This was from 26,113 tests, at a positivity rate of 17.4%. There have now been 1,417,537 total confirmed Covid-19 cases across the country.  The last time SA recorded fewer than 5,000 cases in a single day was on December 8, when 4,011 cases were recorded.  The largest percentage of these infections were picked up in Gauteng, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and then the Western Cape.

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Monday night that there were also 243 new Covid-19 related deaths recorded in the past 24 hours. This means 41,117 deaths have now been recorded.

Of the new deaths, 65 were in the Eastern Cape, 60 were in KwaZulu-Natal, 57 in the Western Cape, 33 in Gauteng, 18 were in the Free State and five each in Mpumalanga and Northern Cape.

The recovery rate has edged up to 87.6%. This means that 1,241,000 people have recuperated so far.

Also on Monday, SA passed another Covid-19 milestone, with more than eight million tests having now been done.

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