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COVID-19 UPDATE- 18th September: 657 627 Cases - 15 857 Deaths - 586 844 Recoveries

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The Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, has announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa has increased. This is a developing story. 

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Friday 18th September 2020

To date, there are 657 627 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 2 055 new cases.

The total number of tests now stands at 4 003 590 with 20 057 new tests conducted since the last report.

COVID-19 related deaths, unfortunately, have increased to 15 857.

Recoveries, fortunately, have increased to 586 844.

Thursday 17th September 2020

Tests conducted to date: 3 983 533

Positive cases found: 655 572

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 2128

Deaths to date: 15 772

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 67

Recoveries to date: 585 303

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 1108

Active cases: 54 497

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Tests conducted to date: 3 961 179

Positive cases found: 584 195

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 1923

Deaths to date: 15 705

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 64

Recoveries to date: 584 195

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 1069

Active cases: 15 705

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has confirmed the following:

As of today, a cumulative total of 651 521 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded.

Regrettably, we report a further 142 new Covid-19 related deaths - 4 from Eastern Cape, 12 from Gauteng, 16 from Kwazulu-Natal, 13 from Western Cape, 11 from Northern Cape, 19 from Mpumalanga and 67 from Limpopo. This brings the total deaths to 15 641.,

Our recoveries now stand at 583 126 which translates to a recovery rate of 89,5%. 

Monday 14th September 2020

Tests conducted to date: 3 928 614

Positive cases found: 650 749

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 956

Deaths to date: 15 499

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 52

Recoveries to date: 579 289

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 2866

Active cases: 55 961

Sunday 13th September 2020

After 3 902 786 tests conducted in total, South Africa now has a total of 648 214 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 1816 of these cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. 

The death toll from Covid-19 stands at 15 427, an increase of 49 deaths since yesterday's update.

Recoveries are now at 576 423 and active cases are at 56 364.

South Africa has a recovery rate of 88,9%.

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has said, "we cautiously but optimistically breathe a sigh of relief as we continue to see our detected cases, hospital admissions, deaths and even excess deaths declining. Our recovery rate is now almost at 90% and our mortality rate has remained stable at around 2%." 

Friday 11th September 2020

Since the last report, South Africa's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 646 398, with an increase of 1 960 new cases.

To date, the number of tests conducted now stands at 3 884 166, with 20 713 new tests being conducted.

Regrettably, the number of COVID-19 related deaths has risen to 15 378.

However, so have the recoveries, which now stands at 574 587.

Thursday 10th September 2020

A total of confirmed 644 438 COVID19 cases have been recorded in South Africa.  

The total number of deaths is 15 265 and the total number of recoveries is 573 003.

Wednesday 9th September 2020

A total of 642 431 confirmed COVID-19 cases has been recorded in South Africa. 

Since the last report, 21 736 new tests have been conducted.

Unfortunately the number of COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 82, bringing the total to 15 168.

The number of recoveries have also increased to 569 935 with a recovery rate of 88,7%.

Tuesday 8th September 2020

Minister Mkhize confirms, "As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 640 441, the total number of deaths is 15 086 and the total number of recoveries is 567 729."

82 new Covid-19 related deaths have been reported: 9 from Eastern Cape, 15 from Gauteng, 27 from Kwazulu-Natal, 20 from Western Cape, 5 from Northern Cape and 6 from Free State.

1079 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.

The recovery rate currently stands at 88,6%.

"The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 821 162 with 12 213 new tests conduced since the last report," read a statement released by the Health Department.

Monday 7th September 2020

South Africa confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 639 362. 

8759 new tests were conducted since the last report.

Recoveries have increased to 566 555, with a recovery rate of 88,6%.

Deaths however have also risen in number, 15 004 COVID-19 related deaths in total.

Sunday 6th September 2020

Tests conducted to date: 3 800 190

  • Increase in tests done in 24 hours: 16 367

Positive cases found: 638 517

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 1633

Deaths to date: 14 889

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 110

Recoveries to date: 563 891

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 2687

Active cases: 59 737

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, said, “the numbers are reducing. We are not over the worst yet, we are worrying about the resurgence. Globally, we are now at number 7, this tells us 2 things – 1 the numbers are declining in SA, 2 Globally the numbers are still increasing.”

He also said that South Africa is not ready to open everything immediately but that we are moving in that direction. There are still a number of issues that need to be looked at such as immunity, studies on the climate and COVID19 surviving in saliva and demographics, said Mkhize, but research is happening on all of this.

Friday 4th September 2020

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 635 078.

To date, 3 765 700 tests have been conducted since the pandemic started. 18 599 new tests were conducted since the last report.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 115. Which brings the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 14 678.

Fortunately the number of recoveries have also risen and now stand at 557 818, with a recovery rate of 88%.

South Africa has dropped from 5th place, in the world COVID-19 ranking system, to 7th position, which is a very positive thing for our country.

Being placed lower on the ranking system indicates that South Africa has less confirmed cases than a few weeks ago. 

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Minister Zweli Mkhize stated the following:

As of today, a cumulative total of 633 015 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 2420 new cases identified.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 747 101 with 20 380 new tests conducted since the last report. 

Regrettably, we report 174 more COVID-19 related deaths: 39 from Kwazulu-Natal, 50 from Gauteng, 24 from Eastern Cape, 8 from Free State, 17 from Western Cape, 9 from North West and 27 from Mpumalanga. This brings the total number of deaths to 14 563.

Our recoveries now stand at 554 887 which translates to a recovery rate of 88%. 

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

The total confirmed cases of Covid-19 is now at 630 595, an increase of 2336 cases since the last report. 

126 more South Africans have died from Covid-19, which brings the death toll to 14 389.

South Africa's recovery rate currently stands at 87% with 553 456 total recoveries in the country.

Active cases in the country stands at 62 750.

Tuesday 1st September 2020

SA confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 628 259. 

11 687 new tests were conducted since the last report.

Recoveries have increased to 549 993, with a recovery rate of 87%.

Deaths however have also risen in number, 14 263 COVID-19 related deaths in total.

Monday 31st August 2020

Minister Zweli Mkhize stated, "As of today, a cumulative total of 627 041 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 1 985 new cases identified."

Recoveries now come to a total of 540 923 while active cases in the country stands at 71 969.

To date, 3 693 721 tests have been conducted.

Sunday 30th August 2020

Tests conducted to date: 3 674 872

  • Increase in tests done in 24 hours: 21 902

Positive cases found: 625 056

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 2505

Deaths to date: 14 028

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 47

Recoveries to date: 538 604

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 1910

Active cases: 72 424

Friday 28th August 2020

South Africa's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 620 132. Since the last report 14 329 new tests were conducted.

Unfortunately the number of COVID-19 related deaths have increased to 13 743, with 115 new deaths.

On the other hand, recoveries have fortunately also increased to 533 935.

Active cases now stands at 72 404 in South Africa.

Thursday 27th August 2020

The total confirmed cases of Covid-19 is now at 618 286, an increase of 2585 cases since the last report. 

126 more South Africans have died from Covid-19, which brings the death toll to 13 628.

South Africa's recovery rate currently stands at 86% with 531 338 total recoveries in the country.

Active cases in the country stands at 73 320.

Wednesday 26th August 2020

Minister Zweli Mkhize stated, "As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID19 cases is 615 701, the total number of deaths is 13 502 and total number of recoveries is 525 242."

Within 24 hours, 2684 new cases were confirmed while active cases in the country stands at 76 947.

To date, 3 598 973 tests have been conducted.

Tuesday 25th August 2020

Tests conducted to date: 3 578 836

  • Increase in tests done in 24 hours: 12 237

Positive cases found: 613 017

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 1 567

Deaths to date: 13 308

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 149

Recoveries to date: 520 381

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 3 887

Active cases: 79 328

Minister Mkhize has said, "The number of tests are declining. The people who are presenting for tests have declined." On top of that, Prof Salim Abdool Karim said, “None of the NHLS labs have a backlog. The testing strategy has remained the same. The positive test proportion has steadily declined. There are fewer people testing positive, admissions have come down.”

Monday 24th August 2020

South Africa's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increases to 611 450 with 1677 new cases in the last 24 hours.

To date, 13 159 COVID-19 related deaths were reported. Eastern Cape has a total of 2800 deaths, Free State 567, Gauteng 3280, KwaZulu-Natal 1962, Limpopo 179, Mpumalanga 296, North West 224, Northern Cape 106 and Western Cape 3745.

Recoveries have risen to 516 494, with a recovery rate of 84%.

Sunday 23rd August 2020

2728 new cases have been recorded in South Africa, which increases the confirmed COVID-19 cases to 609 773.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 72. Eastern Cape have reported a further 11 deaths, Kwazulu-Natal 12, Western Cape 8, and Gauteng 41.

Which brings the total deaths to 13 059.

Recoveries now stand at 506 470, with a recovery rate of 83%.

Minister Mkhize said, "It has been gratifying to see how our own Universities have stepped up to the challenges in the wake of this pandemic. One thing we are certain of is that with a focused approach out Universities and Research Councils can partner with industry to service our needs."

Friday 21st August 2020

As of today, South Africa has recorded  603 338 confirmed COVID-19 cases. With 24 224 new tests conducted since the last report.

Unfortunately the number of COVID-19 related deaths has increased by 225, bringing the total to 12 843.

However on a more positive note, recoveries have also increased and now stand at 500 102.

Thursday 20th August 2020

After 3 480 283 tests conducted in total, South Africa now has a total of 599 940 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 3 880 of these cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. 

The death toll from Covid-19 stands at 12 618, an increase of 195 deaths since yesterday's update.

Recoveries are now at 497 169 and active cases are at 90 153.

Wednesday 19th August 2020

Minister Zweli Mkhize stated, "As of today, a cumulative total of 596 060 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 3 916 new cases identified ... we report a further 159 COVID-19 related deaths ... This brings the total COVID-19 related cumulative deaths to 12 423."

Active cases in the country stands at 92 196.

To date, 3 455 671 tests have been conducted.

Tuesday 18th August 2020

It has been reported that 2258 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded, which brings the total to 592,144.

The total number of tests conducted is 3,430,347 with 14,677 new tests conducted since the last report. 

Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 related deaths have risen by 282, with 34 from the Western Cape, 20 from North West, 13 from the Free State, 66 Eastern Cape, 89 from Gauteng, 3 from Northern Cape and 57 from KwaZulu-Natal. Bringing the COVID-19 death total to 12,264.

However, the number of recoveries have also increased to 485,468 making the recovery rate 82%. 

Monday 17th August 2020 

Tests conducted to date: 3 415 670

  • Increase in tests done in 24 hours: 15 032

Positive cases found: 589 886

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 2 541

Deaths to date: 11 982

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 143

Recoveries to date: 477 671

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 15,937

Active cases: 100 233

Sunday 16th August 2020

It has been reported that 3 692 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded, which brings the total to 587 345.

The total number of tests conducted is3 400 638 with 22 609 new tests conducte.d since the last report. 

Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 related deaths have risen by 162, with 20 from the Western Cape, 27 from Gauteng, 70 Eastern Cape, 6 from Free State, 18 from North West and 21 from KwaZulu-Natal. Bringing the COVID-19 death total to 11 839.

However, on a lighter note the number of recoveries have also increased to 472 377 with a recovery rate of 80%. 

Friday 14th August 2020

Confirmed SA COVID-19 cases now stands at 579 140. Gauteng still has the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

Since the last report, 35 614 new tests were conducted.

COVID-19 related deaths have risen up to 11 556. There were 286 new deaths recorded, 42 from Eastern Cape, 20 from the Free State, 26 from North West, 76 from Gauteng, 54 from KwaZulu-Natal, 22 in Mpumalanga, 18 from Northern Cape, and 28 from Western Cape.

Fortunately, recoveries have increased to 461 734.

Thursday 13th August 2020

Minister Zweli Mkhize stated, "As of today, a cumulative total of 572,865 confirmed COVID19 cases in South Africa have been recorded

... we report a further 260 COVID19 related deaths - 68 from Eastern Cape, 62 in the Free State, 30 from Gauteng, 39 from KZN, 14 from Limpopo, 18 in Mpumalanga, 21 from Western Cape and 8 from Northern Cape. This brings the total COVID19 related cumulative deaths to 11,270".

The recoveries stand at 437,617 while the active cases in the country stands at 123,978.

Wednesday 12th August 2020

Tests conducted to date: 3,295,434

  • Increase in tests done in 24 hours: 16,457

Positive cases found: 568,919

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 2810

Deaths to date: 11,010

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 259

Recoveries to date: 432,029

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 5904

Active cases: 125,880

Tuesday 11th August 2020

After 3,278,977 tests conducted in total, South Africa now has a total of 566,109 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 2511 of these cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. 

The death toll from Covid-19 stands at 10,751, an increase of 130 deaths since yesterday's update.

Recoveries are now at 426,125 and active cases are at 129,233.

Monday 10th August 2020

After 3,267,494 tests conducted in total, South Africa now has a total of 563,598 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 3740 of these cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. 

The death toll from Covid-19 stands at 10,621, an increase of 213 deaths since yesterday's update.

Recoveries are now at 417,200 and active cases are at 135,777.

Sunday 9th August 2020

6670 new cases have been recorded in South Africa, which increases the confirmed COVID-19 cases to 559,858.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 198. Eastern Cape have reported a further 80 deaths, Kwazulu-Natal 63, Western Cape 23, and Gauteng 32.

Which brings the total deaths to 10,408.

Recoveries now stand at 411,147 with a recovery rate of 73%.

Saturday 8th August 2020

As of today, a cumulative total of 553 188 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded. 

301 new deaths have been recorded - 39 from Eastern Cape, 23 from Gauteng, 154 from KwaZulu Natal, 22 from Western Cape, 21 from North West, 5 from Northern Cape and 37 from Limpopo. This means we have breached the 10 000 mark, with 10 210 cumulative deaths now recorded.

We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased.

The number of recoveries currently stands at 404 568 which translates to a recovery rate of 73%.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 220 265 with 36 607 new tests conducted since the last report.

The current total of active cases is 138 410

Friday 7th August 2020

To date, 545 476 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported. With 33 851 new tests conducted since the last report.

Which brings the total of tests conducted to 3 183 658.

Unfortunately, it has been reported that there were 305 new COVID-19 related deaths. Bringing the cumulative total to 9 909.

However on a more positive note, recoveries continue to increase and currently stands at 394 759.

Friday March 20th

There are now 202 cases of the Coronavirus which has been declared a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Globally, there are now 247,595 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 10,064 deaths. The virus has spread to 182 countries/territories.

Among the new cases in the country is a 2-year-old boy from the Western Cape who has not travelled internationally. This is the youngest confirmed case.

“It is notable that there are eight cases of local transmission,” said the Minister in a statement.

There are 14 new cases in Gauteng:

-A 45 year-old male who had travelled to Belgium, UK, France and the US

-A 37 year-old male who had travelled to the UK

-A 54 year-old female who had travelled to the USA

-A 52 year-old male who had travelled to the UK

-A 25 year-old male who travelled to the UK

-A 52 year-old female who had travelled to Italy

-A 59 year-old male who travelled to the UK and Dubai

-A 57 year-old male who travelled to the USA

-A 60 year-old male who travelled to the USA

-A 37 year-old female who travelled to Italy and Dubai

-A 21 year-old female with no travel history

-A 34 year-old male with no international travel history

-A 26 year-old female with no international travel history

-A 32 year-old female with no international travel history

There are four new cases in KwaZulu-Natal:

-A 48 year-old male who travelled to Dubai

-A 59 year-old female with no international travel history

-A 5 year-old male with no international travel history

-A 3 year-old male with no international travel history

There are five new cases in the Western Cape:

-A 3 year-old male who travelled to the UK

-A 58 year-old male who travelled to the UK and Austria

-A 2 year-old male with no international travel

-A 62 year-old female who travelled to the UK and Ethiopia

-A 71 year-old female who travelled to the UK

The Minister said there was a debate with clinicians, epidemiologists, virologists on when government must release results to the public.

“These experts raised an issue of an ethical obligation to immediately alert patients as soon as the results become available.

“This therefore means that by the time a confirmation test is conducted in public laboratories, patients would have been notified of their initial results. This clarification is important because as government, we had announced to the public that all positive results will be verified through our public laboratories and the NICD,” explained the Minister.

He said in an effort to ensure transparency, government had decided to release results as they are submitted by both public and private labs.

“In instances where our confirmation tests give contrary results, we will inform the public, make reference to that specific result previously announced and give the outcome of the confirmation results.

“Whilst we respect that private laboratories have the capacity to test and on their own issue results, our intention and approach is to ensure that there is credibility in the information and results given to the public.“Whilst we appreciate the importance of being transparent with South Africans, we will not do so irresponsibly and not take into account all clinical and any other broader implications of the information we give to you,” he said.

Repatriated South Africans

Mkhize further announced that the South Africans who were repatriated from Wuhan City, in China have tested negative for COVID-19. The group arrived in South Africa on Saturday and are in quarantine at The Ranch Hotel in Limpopo.

“It gives us great pleasure to also announce to South Africans that all the citizens from Wuhan were tested and their results came back negative for COVID-19. We continue to keep them in quarantine for the prescribed period and will thereafter initiate the process of reunifying them with the community,” said the Minister.

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