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SA infection rate drops while KZN death toll increases

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.


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