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Covid-19 UPDATE-25th May: 23,615 Cases And 481 Deaths In SA Now

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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. 

Monday 25th May 2020

Tests conducted: 596,777

Recoveries: 11,917

Total confirmed cases: 23,615

Total deaths: 481

New cases: 1032 

New deaths: 52

Active case: 11,217

Sunday 24th May 2020

During the President's address, he said that about half of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 have recovered. However, 429 people have now lost their lives. There are now over 11,000 active cases in South Africa. This number could have been much higher had we not acted and went into lockdown when we did.

Saturday 23rd May 2020

Minister Mkhize has confirmed, "As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 21 343, the total number of deaths is 407 and total recoveries is 10 104."

Latest infographic released by the NICD

The President will be addressing nation tomorrow night at 7PM.

Friday 22nd May 2020

The death toll from Covid-19 has risen to 397 in South Africa. This shows an increase of 28 more deaths.

The number of infections has risen by 988 bringing the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa to 20,125.

543,032 tests have been conducted to date. 

Recoveries stand at 10104. 

Thursday 21st May 2020

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, confirmed the following:

"As of today, the total nuber of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 19,137.

A total of 525,433 tests have been conducted to date with 18,572 tests done in the past 24 hours.

Regrettably, we report 30 more Covid-19 related deaths - this brings the total national deaths to 369."

Wednesday 20th May 2020

SABC has reported, "South Africa has now recorded 339 Covid-19 related deaths. This number includes 27 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed cases has risen to 18 003."

Latest infographic released by the Department of Health

Tuesday 19th May 2020

"As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 17 200, the total number of deaths is 312 and total recoveries is 7960," confirms Zweli Mkhize. 

The current total of active cases is 8928.

Zweli Mkhize posted the following on his Twitter page:

Monday 18th May 2020

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has confirmed, "As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 16 433, the total number of deaths is 286 and recoveries have risen to 7298."

The current total of active cases is 8849.

Sunday 17th May 2020

The death toll from Covid-19 has risen to 264 in South Africa. This shows an increase of 5 more deaths.

The number of infections has risen by 1160 bringing the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa to 15,515.

460,873 tests have been conducted to date. 

Recoveries stand at 7006. 

Western Cape has 9294 of the total cases which is 59,9% of the total. On this, the Health Department has stated, "We remain concerned about the developments in the Western Cape, with the total cumulative cases now comprising almost 60% of the national cumulative cases and the new cases from Western Cape comprising 76% of the new cases from the past 24 hour cycle."

Saturday 16th May 2020

SABC News has reported, "The Health Department has confirmed a further 14 fatalities and 831 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, that brings the number of Covid-19 deaths to 259 and confirmed cases to 14 355."

Friday 15th May 2020

Zweli Mkhize, South Africa's Health Minister has stated their following:

"As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 13,524. 

421,555 tests have been conducted with 18,537 done in the last 24 hour cycle. 

Regrettably, we report a further 9 Covid-19 related deaths - this brings the national deaths to 247. 

We are however encouraged by the rising number of recoveries which now stands at 6083."

Thursday 14th May 2020

The death toll from Covid-19 has risen to 238 in South Africa. This shows an increase of 19 more deaths.

The number of infections has risen by 665 bringing the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa to 12,739.

403,018 tests have been conducted to date. 

Recoveries stand at 5676. 

This all amounts to a total of 6825 active cases. 

Wednesday 13th May 2020,

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation tonight and confirmed that South Africa now has 12,074 positive cases of Covid-19 and has 219 Covid related deaths.

This shows an increase of 724 in cases and 13 in deaths. 

Tuesday 12th May 2020

The total confirmed cases of Covid-29 is now at a total of 11,350. 

Total number of tests conducted is 369,697 with 4357 recoveries.

Monday 11th May 2020

There are now 10,652 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 206 deaths recorded in South Africa. 

A total of 356,067 Covid-19 tests have been conducted with 4357 recoveries confirmed. 

Latest Covid-19 infographic released by the NICD

Sunday 10th May 2020

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, states the following:

As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 10,015. 

We note with concern that the Western Cape and Eastern Cape combined comprises 84% of the total new cases.

A total of 341,336 tests have been conducted to date with 17,257 tests done relative to the last report. This is a record high for a 24 hour cycle of testing.

Regrettably, we report 8 more Covid-19 related deaths: 3 from Western Cape, 1 from Eastern Cape and 4 from Gauteng. This brings the total national deaths to 194.

We are however encouraged by the number of recoveries which was 4173 as at 9 May 2020."

Saturday 9th May 2020

South Africa now has 9420 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and the death toll stands at 186. 

This shows increases of 525 cases and 8 new deaths.​​​​​

Friday 8th May 2020

The NICD confirms, "The total number of confirmed Covid-19 in SA cases is 8895. Regrettably, we report 17 new Covid-19 related deaths."

Thursday 7th May 2020

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has confirmed the following:

"As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 8232. 

Regrettably, we report 8 more Covid-19 related deaths: 2 from Kwazulu-Natal and 6 from Western cape. This brings the total national deaths to 161.

A total of 292,153 tests have been conducted to date with 12,774 tests done in the past 24 hours."

There has been an increase of 424 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 

The province breakdown for deaths is as follows:

"This is a health emergency of truly global proportions, yet developing countries are particularly vulnerable to its impact. We require coordinated and consistent international action so that all countries are sufficiently capacitated.", stated President Cyril Ramaphosa at the coronavirus global response pledging conference. 

Wednesday 6th May 2020 

There has been an increase of 236 new cases, bringing the total to 7808 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa. 

The death toll for the country stands at 153 while the number of recoveries confirmed are 3153.

Tuesday 5th May 2020

As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 7572.

Western Cape has 3609 cases, Gauteng has 1697 cases and Kwazulu-Natal has 1142 cases. 

There has been 10 more deaths. 7 from the Western Cape, 1 from Eastern Cape, 1 from Kwazulu-Natal and 1 from Gauteng. This bring the national total of deaths to 148. 

A total of 268,064 tests have been conducted with 10,523 having been done in the past 24 hours. 

The President has stated, "Evidence shows that our urgent and drastic measures to fight COVID-19 have proved effective in delaying the spread of the disease. But easing the lockdown must be done gradually and cautiously. It is more important than ever for South Africans to show patience and courage, and to continue observing lockdown regulations."

Monday 4th May 2020

The Department of Health confirms, "As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 7220. We are, however, please to report 2746 recoveries as of 2 May 2020." This would mean there was an increase of 437 cases since the previous report. 

As for deaths, they have stated, "Regrettably, we report 7 more Covid-19 related deaths: 6 from Western Cape and 1 from Kwazulu-Natal. This brings the total deaths nationally to 138."

Cases by province breakdown is as follows: 

Deaths and recoveries by province breakdown is as follows:

Sunday 3rd May 2020

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, "As at today the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases are 6783 and the total number of deaths have increased by 8, bringing the total number of deaths to 131." 

As of 30 April, 7,216,777 in total have been screened for the coronavirus and of those 72,087 were submitted for testing. 

Saturday 2nd May 2020

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country rises to 6336 with 123 deaths. 

This indicates an increase of 385 cases and 7 deaths.

Recoveries now stand at 2549.

SABC News reported, "Police Minister Bheki Cele has lamented that South Africans are still not observing social distancing measures and are not wearing masks when in public. He's warned that government will revert to more stringent Level 5 if they continue to flout the lockdown regulations".

Friday 1st May 2020

The NICD reported, "The total number of confirmed Covid-19 in South Africa is 5951. Today we regrettably report 13 new Covid-19 related deaths. We convey our condolences to the families and friends. As we battle Covid-19, let us celebrate our essential workers who keep our country going." 

Today was the first day South Africa participated in Alert Level 4 of lockdown. As of today, the deaths are at a total of 116 as well a total of 217,522 tests having been conducted.

There has been a recorded total of 2382 recoveries.

Thursday 30th April 2020

The Health Ministry says the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased by 297 which brings the total to 5647. 

There has been no new deaths reported.

SABC News has reported, "President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is confident that South Africans will continue to obey the rules and regulations of the lockdown as the country enters level four from midnight tonight."

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize says balancing the Covid-19 pandemic along with the challenge of co-morbidities such as TB, HIV, obesity and hypertension is the biggest challenge faced by government and health officials. He has also said that Africa still has a lot to learn about the coronavirus and in order to avoid an overload on the continent's health system, countries need to step up screening and testing programmes. 

Wednesday 29th April 2020

As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 5350, an increase of 354 cases from yesterday. This is the highest number of cases in a 24 hour cycle recorded to date and represents a 73% increase relative to the day before. 

The total number of tests conducted to date is 197,127, of which 11,630 were done in the last 24 hours. 

Western Cape now has 2135 cases, Gauteng has 1408 while Kwazulu-Natal has 956.

A further 10 deaths has been reported today which brings the death toll to 103. 

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has stated, "As at today there are 4996 confirmed COVID19 cases. The total recoveries are now 2073."

There has been another 3 deaths bringing the death toll to 93 in South Africa. 

The Department of Health has confirmed that South Africa has 2166 closed cases of Covid-19 and 2830 active cases.

Mkhize has also said, "The lockdown helped us to reduce the spread of the virus. South Africa has delayed the peak, giving health facilities time to cope. South Africa has not seen the problem of a rapid rise of infections."

SABC News has reported, "Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, says government needs to do more to emphasise the severity of the COVID19 infection in order to make citizens more aware and intensify efforts to safeguard against contracting the coronavirus."

Monday 27th April 2020

The number of Covid-19 infections has increased by 247 which brings the total in South Africa to 4793.

The death toll stands at 90 after 3 more people passed away as a result of contracting coronavirus. 

There has been 1600 recoveries and to date, 178,740 tests have been conducted with 9827 done in the last 24 hours. 

SAfm News has reported, "Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize says cluster Covid-19 SA infections are being picked up in work spaces among Essential Services. Other trends include the epicentre of the disease moving from Gauteng to the Western Cape and spike in Eastern Cape." 

Sunday 26th April 2020

The NICD has stated, "The total number of confirmed Covid-19 in SA is 4546. Today we regrettably report 1 new Covid-19 related death."

Latest Covid-19 infographic published by The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD)

Saturday 25th April 2020

Seven more people have died in South Africa dur to Covid-19. This comes as 141 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in our country.

The total number of cases in the country now stands at 4361 with 86 deaths.

Friday 24th April 2020

The Health Ministry has confirmed 267 new Covid-19 cases - bringing the total number of cases in the country to 4220. 

Four people have died - bringing the total number of deaths to 79. 

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has confirmed that, "As at today the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases are 3953 and the total number of deaths is now 75."

A total of 143,570 tests were conducted to date. Recoveries are at 1473.

The President announced that when the full nationwide lockdown ends, South Africa will transition to a system of alert levels to ensure we can ease restrictions as safely as possible. These will be regularly reviewed based on the rates of infection across the country. As of 1 May, we will be entering into Alert Level 4. 

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

South Africa now has a total of 3635 confirmed cases with 133,774 tests being done to date. 

There has been an increase of 7 more deaths bringing the death toll to 65. 

SABC News has reported, "The WHO has applauded SA's efforts to curb the number of coronavirus infections in the country. The head of the Health Emergencies Programme, Mike Ryan said government's implementation of an early lockdown has contributed to slowing down the spread of the virus".

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has confirmed, "As at today, the total number of confirmed cases in South Africa is 3465. The total number of tests conducted to date is 126,937." Gauteng is the province with the most recorded cases at 1199 and Western Cape follows at 1010. 

The death toll remains at 58. 

Mkhize has stated, "This virus is growing, it's now sitting at over 3 000 infections. If we had not intervened earlier, we would now be sitting with over 7 000 cases".

Monday 20th April 2020

South Africa now stands at a total of 3300 confirmed cases with a death toll of 58. Recoveries are at 1055 with a total of 121,510 tests done. 

The President is set to address the nation tonight. 

Sunday 19th April 2020

SA's Health Department has confirmed that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 3158 and the death toll is now 54.

Saturday 18th April 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said, "As at today the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases are 3034."

Covid-19 testing in the public sector has been ramped up significantly, with more than 7000 tests done in the past 24 hours alone, bringing the tests total to 108,021.

There has been 52 deaths reported in total, as a result of Covid-19. 

Friday 17th April 2020

NICD has reported, "The total number of confirmed Covid-10 cases in South Africa is 2783. Today we regrettably report 2 new Covid-19 related deaths." This brings the deaths to a total of 50 with a total of 100,827 tests done. 

Thursday 16th April 2020

There has been an increase of 99 cases in South Africa, bringing the total cases to 2065. The death toll is now at 48 while recoveries has increased to 903. The total number of tests done is at 95060. 

Wednesday 15th April 2020

The total number of cases in South Africa now stand at 2506, an increase of 91 since yesterday as well as increase of seven deaths having the death toll be 34. The total recoveries are at 410.

Tuesday 14th April 2020

SABC News has reported that the Covid-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 2415 in total. 

Monday 13th April 2020

NICD has stated, "We are saddened to report 27 deaths to date. We send our condolences to their families and friends. The number of infections continues to grow and there are now 2272 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Stay at home unless it’s absolutely essential to go out."

Wednesday 9th April 2020

The NICD has reported, "There are 96 new cases of #COVID19. We are saddened to report 18 deaths to date." This brings the total to 1845 confirmed cases in South Africa.

Tuesday 7th April 2020

The National Department of Health has stated, "As at today, the total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases is 1749. There is also another death, bringing the total to 13 deaths."

Monday 6th April 2020

There are now 1655 confirmed cases of Covid-19, an increase of 70 new cases. Deaths are now at a total of 11.

Saturday 4th April 2020

There are now 1585 confirmed cases of Covid-19, an increase of 80 new cases. The death toll is now at a total of 9. 

Friday 3rd April 2020

The number of infections continues to grow and there are now 1505 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 45 recoveries have been reported.

The death toll is now at seven - but government is checking on reports of another two fatalities.

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Western Cape Premier has given an update for the province. Western Cape now has 393 positive cases of Covid-19 (up from 370) with 22 people in hospital and 7 in ICU. There has still only been one death in the province. Of the 393 cases the Premiere, Alan Winde, reported that they believe that 164 are locally transmitted to people who have not recently traveled overseas. 50 people in the province who tested positive have since recovered.

Wednesday 1st April 2020

The number of infections continues to grow and there are now 1380 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 67 mobile sampling and testing units have been procured.

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation and said, "In the coming days, government will be rolling out a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme on a huge scale. Around 10,000 field workers will be visiting homes in villages, towns and cities to screen residents for COVID-19 symptoms. People with symptoms will be referred to local clinics or mobile clinics for testing."

There is now a total of 1353 confirmed cases in South Africa with 5 deaths reported. Two in Kwazulu-Natal, one in Gauteng, one in Western Cape and one in Free State. 

South Africa has had 50 recoveries. 

Monday 30th March 2020

South Africa now has a total of 1280 recorded positive cases of Covid-19.The total number of deaths totals at 2. There has been 31 recoveries. 

All provinces in South Africa have recorded cases of Covid-19. 

Friday 27th March 2020

The Minister of Health has announced that Western Cape has seen the first death from Covid-19 in South Africa. It was first announced that there were two deaths but after a test was done, one of the individuals who passed away was found to test negative for Covid-19. 

Minister Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 1170 confirmed cases. This shows an increase of 243 cases.

Thursday 26th March 2020

The lockdown will officially start tonight at midnight. People will still be able to leave their homes but only to seek medical care, buy food, medicine and collect social grants. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for Covid-19.

218 new cases of Covid-19 are confirmed. This brings the total of South African cases to 927. With Gauteng at the highest with 409 cases and Western Cape at 229 cases.

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Health Minister Mkhize confirms the total of coronavirus cases in South Africa currently stands at 709. South Africa has had no deaths connected to the virus. However, 2 patients who tested positive are in ICU in private hospitals. 

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Last night during his address, the President announced that South Africa will participate in a 21 day lockdown starting Thursday, 26 March at midnight and ending on Thursday 16 April. 

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the country now has 554 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. This means that there has been an increase of 152 cases since yesterday.

Health officials have been consistent in contact tracing and national tracking of the virus. 

Monday 23rd March 2020

The National Institute for Communicable Disease has reported that South Africa now has 402 confirmed cases of COVID19. This means there has been an increase of 128 from yesterday’s announcement.

100 of these cases are from the Western Cape. The biggest increase has been in Gauteng which saw an additional 75 cases bringing their total to 207.

The President is set to address the nation tonight to discuss further measures to tackle the Covid-19 challenge. 

Sunday 22nd March 2020

The National Institute for Communicable Disease has confirmed that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has increased by 34 to a total of 274 cases.

"Of the 274 cases, 208 (76%) have a history of travel from an area where COVID-19 is circulating. The majority of those without international travel history have had recent contact with persons who have travelled internationally".

Earlier it was announced that the President would make a speech to the county about the measures taken to address the international pandemic. However as the meeting of the national committee of all parties dealing with the crisis was carrying on late into the night it was later announced that President Ramaphose would only address the nation on Monday morning.

Saturday 21st March 2020

From Minister of Health Zwele Mkhize: As of today, South Africa now has 240 confirmed cases of Covid-19. This means there has been an increase of 38 from yesterday's announcement.

It is also notable that the Eastern Cape has its first confirmed case. This patient is a 28 year old female who traveleed to Germany".

There are 16 new cases in Gauteng. 3 in KZN, 1 in Eastern Cape, 18 in Western Cape,

On a more positive note, the husband and wife who were the first two patients to be confirmed to be infected with the Covid-19 infection have both now recovered and return to their home. They were part of a group of 10 South Africans who traveled to a ski resort in northern Italy. It is believed that 9 of those 10 travelers tested positived for Covid-19.

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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