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COVID-19 UPDATE- 28th October: 719 714 Cases - 19 111 Deaths - 648 654 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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Wednesday 28th October 2020

A total of 719 714 confirmed COVID-19 cases has been recorded in South Africa. 

Since the last report, 25 721 new tests have been conducted.

Unfortunately the number of COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 58, bringing the total to 19 111.

The number of recoveries have also increased to 648 654 with a recovery rate of 90%.

Tuesday 27th October 2020

As of 27 October, South Africa recorded a total of 717 851 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with deaths relating to the virus coming to 19 053. The country's recoveries do however stand at 647 833 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%. Active cases in South Africa stands at 50 965.

Monday 26th October 2020

Minister Mkhize confirms, "As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 716 759, the total number of deaths is 19 008 and the total number of recoveries is 646 721."

40 new Covid-19 related deaths have been reported: 8 from Eastern Cape, 4 from Gauteng, 1 from Kwazulu-Natal, 4 from Mpumalanga, 16 from North West and 7 from Western Cape.

891 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.

The recovery rate currently stands at 90%.

"The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 709 403 with 11 464 new tests conduced since the last report," read a statement released by the Health Department.

Sunday 25th October 2020

South Africa confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 715 868. 

19 997 new tests were conducted since the last report.

Recoveries have increased to 646 170 with a recovery rate of 90,3%.

Deaths however have also risen in number, 18 968 COVID-19 related deaths in total.

Saturday 24th October 2020

Since the last report, South Africa's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 714 246, with an increase of 1 834 new cases.

To date, the number of tests conducted now stands at 4 677 942, with 20 826  new tests being conducted.

Regrettably, the number of COVID-19 related deaths has risen to 18 944.

However, so have the recoveries, which now stands at 644 641, this translates to a 90% recovery rate. 

Friday 23rd October 2020

To date, there are 712 412 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 1 897 new cases.

The total number of tests now stands at 4 657 116 with 23 445 new tests conducted since the last report.

COVID-19 related deaths, unfortunately, have increased to 18 891.

Recoveries, fortunately, have increased to 643 523.

Thursday 22nd October 2020

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 710 515.

To date, 4 633 671 tests have been conducted since the pandemic started. 25 788 new tests were conducted since the last report.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 102 . Which brings the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 18 843.

Fortunately the number of recoveries have also risen and now stand at 642 560, with a recovery rate of 90.4%.

Minister Zweli Mkhize has said the following, "Over the past week, there has been an increase of 9.1% in new cases."

Wednesday 21st October 2020

Minister Zweli Mkhize stated the following:

As of today, a cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 708 359, with 2055 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 607 883 with 26 537 new tests conducted since the last report. 

Regrettably, we report 85 more COVID-19 related deaths today. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 18 741. Of the 85 deaths reported today, 8 occurred in the past 48 hours.

Our recoveries now stand at 641 706 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%. 

Tuesday 20th October 2020

The total confirmed cases of Covid-19 is now at 706 304, an increase of 1050 cases since the last report. 

164 more South Africans have died from Covid-19, which brings the death toll to 18 656.

South Africa's recovery rate currently stands at 90% with 639 568 total recoveries in the country.

Active cases in the country stands at 48 080.

Monday 19th October 2020

SA confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 705 254. 

16 502 new tests were conducted since the last report.

Recoveries have increased to 635 257, with a recovery rate of 90%.

Deaths however have also risen in number, 18 492 COVID-19 related deaths in total.

However, the Department has has to clarify an error which was made yesterday and said, "Yesterday, we reported a cumulative total of 3176 deaths for Kwazulu-Natal. We wish to correct this. This was a typographical error which occurred when the total number was recorded, following verification. We therefore confirm that yesterday's total number of deaths for Kwazulu-Natal was 3135. This means that the total number of deaths nationally for 18 October 2020 was 18 431. We apologise for this error."

Sunday 18th October 2020

Minister Zweli Mkhize stated, "As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 703 793 with 1 662 new cases identified."

Recoveries now come to a total of 634 543 while active cases in the country stands at 50 779.

To date, 4 549 478 tests have been conducted.

Minister Mkhize shared the following:

I wish to inform the public that this afternoon my wife, Dr May Mkhize and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We decided to go test yesterday when I started showing mild symptoms.

Saturday 17th October 2020

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 702 131.

To date, 4 528 141 tests have been conducted since the pandemic started. 22 608 new tests were conducted since the last report.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 38. Which brings the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 18 408.

Fortunately the number of recoveries have also risen and now stand at 630 436, with a recovery rate of 90%.

Friday 16th October 2020

Since the last report, South Africa's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 700 203, with an increase of 2 019 new cases.

To date, the number of tests conducted now stands at 4 505 533, with 24 179  new tests being conducted.

Regrettably, the number of COVID-19 related deaths has risen to 18 370.

However, so have the recoveries, which now stands at 629 260.

Thursday 15th October 2020

South Africa's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 698 184. Since the last report 22 609 new tests were conducted.

Unfortunately the number of COVID-19 related deaths have increased to 18 309, with 158 new deaths.

On the other hand, recoveries have fortunately also increased to 628 301.

Active cases now stands at 51 574 in South Africa.

Wednesday 14th October 2020

The total confirmed cases of Covid-19 is now at 696 414, an increase of 1877 cases since the last report. 

123 more South Africans have died from Covid-19, which brings the death toll to 18 151.

South Africa's recovery rate currently stands at 90% with 626 898 total recoveries in the country.

Active cases in the country stands at 51 365.

Tuesday 13th October 2020

Minister Zweli Mkhize stated, "As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID19 cases is 694 537 with 1178 new cases identified."

Deaths in the country currently stands at 18 028, recoveries at 625 574 while active cases in the country stands at 50 935.

To date, 4 433 952 tests have been conducted.

Monday 12th October 2020

Tests conducted to date: 4 418 418

  • Increase in tests done in 24 hours: 10 977

Positive cases found: 693 359

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 888

Deaths to date: 17 863

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 83

Recoveries to date: 624 659

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 894

Active cases: 50 837

Sunday 11th October 2020

South Africa's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increases to 692 471 with 1575 new cases in the last 24 hours.

To date, 17 780 COVID-19 related deaths were reported.

Recoveries have risen to 623 765, with a recovery rate of 90%.

Saturday 10th October 2020

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 690 896.

To date, 4 388 171 tests have been conducted since the pandemic started. 28 066 new tests were conducted since the last report.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 126. Which brings the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 17 673.

Fortunately the number of recoveries have also risen and now stand at 622 153, with a recovery rate of 90%.

Friday 9th October 2020

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 688 532.

To date, 4 360 105 tests have been conducted since the pandemic started. 20 419 new tests were conducted since the last report.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 139. Which brings the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 17 547.

Fortunately the number of recoveries have also risen and now stand at 620 081, with a recovery rate of 90%.

Thursday 8th October 2020

1736 new cases have been recorded in South Africa, which increases the confirmed COVID-19 cases to 686 891.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 160. Eastern Cape have reported a further 18 deaths, Kwazulu-Natal 105, Free State 6, Limpopo 6, Mpumalanga 4, Western Cape 8, and Gauteng 13.

Which brings the total deaths to 17 408.

Recoveries now stand at 618 771, with a recovery rate of 90%.

Wednesday 7th October 2020

As of today, South Africa has recorded 685 155 confirmed COVID-19 cases. With 23 583 new tests conducted since the last report.

Unfortunately the number of COVID-19 related deaths has increased by 145, bringing the total to 17 248.

However on a more positive note, recoveries have also increased and now stand at 618 127.

Tuesday 6th October 2020

After 4 294 931 tests conducted in total, South Africa now has a total of 683 242 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 1027 of these cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. 

The death toll from Covid-19 stands at 17 103, an increase of 87 deaths since yesterday's update.

Recoveries are now at 616 857 and active cases are at 49 282.

Monday 5th October 2020

Minister Zweli Mkhize stated, "As of today, a cumulative total of 682 215 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 926 new cases identified ... we report 40 more COVID-19 related deaths ... This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 17 016."

Active cases in the country stands at 49 515.

To date, 4 280 340 tests have been conducted.

Sunday 4th October 2020

It has been reported that 1573 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded, which brings the total to 681 289.

The total number of tests conducted is 4 269 626 with 18 113 new tests conducted since the last report. 

Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 related deaths have risen by 38, with 1 from the Western Cape and 37 from Gauteng. Bringing the COVID-19 death total to 16 976.

However, the number of recoveries have also increased to 614 781 making the recovery rate 90%. 

Friday 2nd October 2020

To date, there are 677 833 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 1 749 new cases.

The total number of tests now stands at 4 229 709 with 20 660 new tests conducted since the last report.

COVID-19 related deaths, unfortunately, have increased to 16 909.

Recoveries, fortunately, have increased to 611 044.

Thursday 1st October 2020

Tests conducted to date: 4 209 049

  • Increase in tests done in 24 hours: 21 132

Positive cases found: 676 084

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 1745

Deaths to date: 16 866

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 132

Recoveries to date: 609 854

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 1742

Active cases: 49 364

Wednesday 30th September 2020

It has been reported that 1767 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded, which brings the total to 674 339.

The total number of tests conducted is 4 187 917 with 23 426 new tests conducted since the last report. 

Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 related deaths have risen by 67, with 9 from the Western Cape, 11 from Gauteng, 3 Eastern Cape, 7 from Free State and 37 from KwaZulu-Natal. Bringing the COVID-19 death total to 16 734.

However, on a lighter note the number of recoveries have also increased to 608 112 with a recovery rate of 90%. 

Tuesday 29th September 2020

Confirmed SA COVID-19 cases now stands at 672 572. 

Since the last report, 12 011 new tests were conducted.

COVID-19 related deaths have risen up to 16 667. There were 81 new deaths recorded, 8  from Eastern Cape, 5 from the Free State, 8 from North West, 28 from Gauteng, 11 from KwaZulu-Natal, 5 in Limpopo, 10 from Northern Cape, and 6 from Western Cape.

Fortunately, recoveries have increased to 606 520.

Monday 28th September 2020

Minister Zweli Mkhize stated, "As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID19 cases is 671 669 with 903 new cases identified since the last report".

... we report 188 more COVID19 related deaths: 3 from Eastern Cape,1 from Kwazulu-Natal, 2 from Gauteng, 4 from Western Cape and 178 from the Free State. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 16 586".

The recoveries stand at 604 478 while the active cases in the country stands at 50 605.

Sunday 27th September 2020

Tests conducted to date: 4 143 466

  • Increase in tests done in 24 hours: 15 028

Positive cases found: 670 766

  • Increase in cases in 24 hours: 1258

Deaths to date: 16 398

  • Increase in deaths in 24 hours: 22

Recoveries to date: 603 721

  • Increase in recoveries in 24 hours: 1903

Active cases: 50 647

Friday 25th September 2020

To date, South Africa has a cumulative total of confirmed COVID-19 cases of 668 529. With 1 480 new cases being identified.

14 917 new tests were conducted since the last report, which brings the total number of tests conducted to 4 117 079.

COVID-19 related deaths now stands at 16 312 and recoveries have increased to 599 149, which translates to a recovery rate of 89,6%.

Thursday 24th September 2020

After 4 102 162 tests conducted in total, South Africa now has a total of 667 049 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 1861 of these cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. 

The death toll from Covid-19 stands at 16 283, an increase of 77 deaths since yesterday's update.

Recoveries are now at 595 916 and active cases are at 54 850.

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

After 4 083 757 tests conducted in total, South Africa now has a total of 665 188 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 1906 of these cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. 

The death toll from Covid-19 stands at 16 206, an increase of 88 deaths since yesterday's update.

Recoveries are now at 594 229 and active cases are at 54 753.

Tuesday 22nd September

1346 new cases have been recorded in South Africa, which increases the confirmed COVID-19 cases to 663 282.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 126. Eastern Cape have reported a further 5 deaths, Kwazulu-Natal 54, Western Cape 17, North West 5 and Gauteng 45.

Which brings the total deaths to 16 118.

Recoveries now stand at 592 904 with a recovery rate of 89,4%.

Monday 21st September 2020

As of today, a cumulative total of 661 936 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded. 

39 new deaths have been recorded - 9 from Eastern Cape, 9 from Gauteng, 1 from KwaZulu Natal, 4 from Western Cape, 16 from North West. This means we have 15 992 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 n umber of recoveries currently stands at 591 208  which translates to a recovery rate of 89,3%.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 4 047 723 with 6180 new tests conducted since the last report.

The current total of active cases is 54 736.

Sunday 20th September 2020

To date, 661 211 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported. With 1555 new tests conducted since the last report.

Which brings the total of tests conducted to 4 041 543.

Unfortunately, it has been reported that there were 13 new COVID-19 related deaths. Bringing the cumulative total to 15 953.

However on a more positive note, recoveries continue to increase and currently stands at 590 071. The recovery rate stands at 89,2%.

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%. 

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.

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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