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COVID-19 in SA: Over 2 300 new cases, recovery rate drops

South Africa has picked up 2 355 new infections of COVID-19 in a single day, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday evening 19 May 2021.

The latest figures bring the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases to 1 617 840.

The recovery rate has dropped slightly from 94.5% to a mere 94.4% over the last 24-hour period. The number of people who have managed to beat the respiratory disease has increased to 1 527 968.

All this as the country faces a third wave of COVID-19 infections, particularly in the wake of both the India and UK variant of the respiratory disease, having been detected.

COVID-19 DEATH TOLL RISES BY 80

On another grim note, COVID-19 continues claiming more lives, with an additional 80 people having been reported dead over the past 24-hour cycle – this puts the toll to 55 340. Of the new fatalities, 32 were in Gauteng, 22 were in the Free State, nine were in the Western Cape, six were in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, and five were in KwaZulu-Natal.

No deaths were reported in Mpumalanga, the North West or the Northern Cape in the past 24 hours.

It is yet to be declared whether South Africa is in a third wave of infections, but in the meantime, the number of cases is rising and many are pinning their hopes on a vaccine. So far, Gauteng is the only province officially experiencing another wave of cases.

According to the health ministry, 479,768 people had been vaccinated under the Sisonke Programme, using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“The total vaccinated in phase two to date is 39,371. These vaccinations were with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine,” it said.

Globally, 164 million cases have been recorded – nearly 144 million of which have led to recoveries – while 3.4 million people have died.

President Ramaphosa may address the nation next week

Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the wheels are turning quickly within the National Coronavirus Command Council. As the third wave of COVID-19 approaches, interventions on our lockdown restrictions will be needed to address the spread. Things are getting mightily real – with both the NCCC and Cyril Ramaphosa now set to spring into action.

WILL WE GET A ‘FAMILY MEETING’ WITH RAMAPHOSA NEXT WEEK?

The health minister appeared on SABC earlier this morning, to discuss the resurgence of the virus. Daily cases have hit a three-month high, and Free State is already in official ‘third wave’ territory. The Northern Cape is set to follow, and five other provinces are also likely to struggle with a rapidly rising infection rate.

According to Mr. Mkhize, there will be a significant meeting of the NCCC to discuss which Level 1 regulations must be tightened before the third wave becomes a tsunami. This *could* be followed by an address to the nation from President Ramaphosa, but this is yet to be confirmed by any senior office.

WHAT LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS ARE UP FOR REVIEW?

We haven’t had a family meeting since Easter, where Cyril announced a very light booze ban and other gentle lockdown restrictions. However, the government is likely to ‘up the ante’ this time around – with gatherings and travel rules firmly in the firing line for the Command Council:

“A difficult time is coming. President Cyril Ramaphosa might address the nation following next week’s meeting, or he may not. The numbers are increasing, so we are formulating a strong response to it. Unless you act quickly, you won’t be able to stop the third wave. Right now, we are concerned. We know we have to prepare some interventions…”

“We are going to look at additional restrictions. That’s up for discussion for the National Coronavirus Command Council. We are going to recommend that there should be a more focus on the size of the gatherings and look at the focus of the measures released when we thought the situation is more improved. When numbers rise, we increase restrictions.”

Zweli Mkhize

Covid-19 cases in South Africa

For the first time in several weeks, South Africa has recorded over 3,000 new coronavirus infections over a 24-hour period.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that SA now has a total of 1 605 252 confirmed cases – 29 362 are active cases.  Data from the past seven days has shown an overall 46% increase in new infections in comparison to the previous week with the Northern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo provinces topping the list.

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said the country’s Covid-19-related death toll has increased to 55 012 with 44 new Covid deaths.

Covid-19 in SA death breakdown:

  • Eastern Cape – 2
  • Free State – 19
  • Gauteng – 13
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal – 3
  • Northern Cape – 2
  • Western Cape – 5
Picture: Health Ministry
Picture: Health Ministry

“The number of tests conducted to date is 11 010 999. Of these 42 073 tests were conducted since the last report. The cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 520 878, representing a recovery rate of 94,7%,” Mkhize said.

He added that 455 169 healthcare workers have been vaccinated.

Mkhize earlier came under fire from opposition parties on government’s response to Covid-19 and the slow pace to vaccinate people with the third wave now looming.

The EFF, DA and IFP on Thursday said the government has let down the people and would not meet population immunity of vaccinating 40 million people by the end of the year.

COVID-19 daily figures highest in three months

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 2 781 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 54 968 with recoveries at 1 519 734.

The total number of vaccines administered is 52 647 and the country has a recovery rate of 95%. That said, the daily new infections is the highest it’s been since 10 February 2021.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 12 MAY 2021

BREAKDOWN OF NEW CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 2 781 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours. Unfortunately, we also lost 72 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 6 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 13 from the Free State, 27 from Gauteng, 5 from KwaZulu-Natal, 5 from Mpumalanga, 4 from Northern Cape, and 12 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry recorded 10 968 199 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 37 020 were done during the past 24 hours: 13 857 at public facilities and 23 163 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 196 387 11 612 184 504 271
Free State 92 886 3 950 83 952 4 984
Gauteng 430 310 10 818 413 841 5 651
KwaZulu-Natal 337 614 10 438 321 585 5 591
Limpopo 64 278 2 336 61 556 386
Mpumalanga 79 360 1 413 76 968 979
North West 69 782 1 758 64 398 3 626
Northern Cape 42 733 958 37 330 4 445
Western Cape 288 681 11 685 275 600 1 396
Unallocated 0

GLOBAL STATISTICS

At the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 220 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 160 080 581, with the death toll at 3 345 018 and recoveries at 138 863 472.

The US is the worst affected with 597 785 deaths from 33 586 136 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 258 3351 deaths from 23 702 832 cases, and Brazil with 428 256 deaths from 15 361 686 cases.

France has 107 119 deaths from 5 821 668 cases while Turkey recorded 43 821 deaths from 5 072 462 cases. South Africa is currently 20th on the list, preceded by Iran, Poland, Colombia, Argentina, Germany, Spain, Italy, the UK, and Russia.

Only 566 new Covid-19 cases identified in SA

A total of 566 new Covid-19-related cases have been identified in South Africa since the last report, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Monday night.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 513 959. A total of 1 168 new cases were identified yesterday.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 9 090 273, with 12 794 new tests recorded since the last report.

A further 84 Covid-19-related deaths (52 on Sunday) have been reported: North West 36, Western Cape 21, Gauteng 19, Northern Cape 6 and Eastern Cape 2. The Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga recorded no deaths.

The total number of deaths now stands at 50 077. The total number of recoveries are 1 431 336, representing a recovery rate of 94.5%.

Commenting on the vaccine rollout, Mkhize said the number of healthcare workers vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol is 73 047 as of 6.30pm today.

Teachers are not at a higher risk of infection in their jobs than people in other professions, data released by Britain’s Office for National Statistics said on Monday, ahead of a planned reopening of schools in England next week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has prioritised the reopening of schools as he plots a route out of England’s third national lockdown. They are set to reopen on March 8.

Britain’s Office for National Statistics found no statistical evidence of a difference between school staff testing positive for coronavirus antibodies, compared with the wider working-age population in the same local authorities.

“Early findings suggest that school staff were not at higher risk of infection than working age adults in the wider community, but also that there are some Covid-19 infections in schools,” said Sinéad Langan, professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

“There is always a potential for transmission and it’s difficult to say if infection is occurring in schools or in the wider community.”

A total of 20.3 million people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK, official data released on Monday showed.

Meanwhile, the Finnish government declared a state of emergency on Monday due to rising Covid-19 infections, a step that would allow the Nordic country to shutter restaurants and to impose other measures to blunt the pandemic.

The decision comes as new variants contribute to a sharp rise in infections in the country, which has already closed its borders. The state of emergency would also allow the government to further shut schools and limit movement between regions.

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.

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