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  • 138 134 coronavirus cases and 2 456 deaths reported


      Week 26: 22 - 28 June 2020
      Data as reported by: 17:00; 28 June 2020


      Coronavirus disease 2019
      South Africa

      138 134 Cases
      2 456 Deaths
      1.8% CFR


      COVID-19 was first reported in South Africa on 5 March 2020, with two
      cases confirmed by PCR testing in KwaZulu-Natal province in a couple who
      had returned from Milan, Italy on 1 March 2020 in a group of ten people.
      By 7 March 2020, another woman from the same group had tested positive
      and on 11 March 2020, a further six cases were reported, only one of which
      had epidemiological links to the first cases, the other five having a travel
      history to other parts of Europe. Initial cases were all imported, mainly
      from Europe. The first confirmed cases of local transmission were reported
      by 17 March 2020 and by 24 March 2020, all nine provinces in the country
      had confirmed cases. The first death from COVID-19 was reported on 27
      March 2020. Since March 2020 the outbreak has evolved rapidly.

      As of 28 June 2020, a total of 138 134 confirmed cases, with 2 456 deaths
      (case fatality ratio 1.77%) has been reported. Western Cape Province is the
      most affected area in the country, with 60 445 (43.8%) of cases, followed
      by Gauteng (36 895; 26.7%), Eastern Cape (25 099; 18.2%), KwaZulu-Natal
      (8 433; 6.1%) and North West (3 647; 2.6%). The remaining provinces
      (Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Northern Cape) have a total of 3
      615 (2.6%) cases. There are a total of 68 925 recoveries reported across
      the country.

      Data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) shows
      that females are more affected than males, with 57.3% of confirmed cases
      reported as of week 25 (week ending 20 June 2020) in women, with an
      overall incidence risk remaining higher among females than in males
      (183.1 cases per 100 000 in females versus 144.6 cases per 100 000
      persons in males).

      The Western Cape has a total of 1 764 deaths, which is 72% of all the
      reported deaths in the country. They are followed by Eastern Cape (387;
      15.7%), Gauteng (174; 7.1%) and KwaZulu-Natal (101; 4.1%). Free State
      (9 deaths), Limpopo (5 deaths), North West (5 deaths), Mpumalanga (2
      deaths) and Northern Cape (1 death) have few deaths. The case fatality
      ratio in provinces with high numbers of cases is highest in Western Cape,
      at 1.3% and lowest in Gauteng, at 0.12%. Most (50.3%) deaths occur
      between the ages of 50 to 69 years, with 17.9% occurring in those aged 70
      to 79, 8.5% in those aged 80 to 89 and 2.3% in those aged more than 90.
      Deaths in people aged less than 49 years account for 20.3% of the total.
      Based on the available data for gender, the ratio of males to females among
      the deaths is 1 087 (51.7%) male and 1 013 (48.2%) female.

      Numbers of hospitalizations continue to rise and as of 27 June 2020, most
      hospitalized patients were in Western Cape (36%; 1 629), Gauteng (26%;
      1 164) and in Eastern Cape (17%; 775). Nationally, the highest proportion
      of patients are in general wards (isolation wards) at 80.1% of hospitalized
      patients, 11.3% are in intensive care and of these, 58.6% are ventilated. A
      total of 15% of all hospitalized patients are on oxygen.


      In March 2020, the government of South Africa formed a Ministerial
      Task Team to oversee the response to COVID-19, in collaboration with
      the National Department of Health and a scientific Ministerial Advisory
      Committee was formed. WHO and other partners are providing
      technical support to the various aspects of the COVID-19 response.
      Screening at points of entry was instituted and quarantine facilities
      were identified across the country.

      A National State of Disaster was announced on 15 March 2020, with a
      travel ban on people arriving from or flying to high-risk countries as of
      18 March 2020; social distancing and hand sanitizing was encouraged;
      gatherings of more than 100 people were prohibited and schools were
      closed; surveillance and testing systems were strengthened.

      On 27 March 2020, a nationwide hard lockdown was imposed for
      21 days to 16 April 2020, confining people to their homes except for
      those in essential work, or for obtaining essential goods or services,
      or medical or emergency care; inter-provincial movement was
      banned; most retail outlets closed and the country’s borders were
      closed, except for movement of essential goods. This 21 days’ period
      was extended by a further 14 days to the end of April 2020.

      On 1 May 2020, the lockdown level was eased to allow more economic
      activity, but still prohibiting movement away from home except for
      essential reasons; further lockdown easing occurred on 1 June 2020,
      with further relaxation of regulations on 17 June 2020. Country
      borders remain closed and inter-provincial travel is not allowed.


      The current outbreak trajectory in South Africa is rapid, with
      wellestablished community transmission, which has particularly affected
      Western Cape Province. However, national authorities expect to see
      Gauteng Province overtake Western Cape Province within the coming days.
      Factors contributing to this trend are inward migration, the large, dense
      population, increased congregation in groups and the level of adaptation
      to new behaviour, such as social distancing and mandatory mask wearing.
      Daily numbers of new cases have exceeded 6 000 for three days, with
      daily deaths showing a rising trend. In spite of this, the country has largely
      returned to normal economic activity as a result of the economic fallout
      caused by the initial hard lockdowns. People are, however, still encouraged
      to stay at home where possible and the use of cloth masks in public places
      is mandatory. Social distancing is encouraged and retail outlets enforce
      this and the use of hand sanitizers before entering. However, the increasing
      number of cases in Gauteng and Eastern Cape province since lockdown
      measures were relaxed, and the continuing rise in cases in Western Cape
      Province, indicates that the peak of the outbreak has still not been reached.
      Hospital wards in the most affected provinces are reaching capacity and
      increasing numbers of health worker infections are further straining the
      provision of health services. Challenges exist around testing, contact
      tracing and quarantining those who have tested positive. Government needs
      to provide strong public health messages emphasizing the importance of
      social distancing, use of masks, hand sanitizing and isolating or presenting
      to medical care in the event of symptoms.
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela


      • 144,264 case; 2,529 deaths:


        • Confirmed Cases: 151 209. Deaths: 2 657

          Source: Dept of Health

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          • Covid-19 surge gathers steam with 8 124 new cases in one day

            In a terse statement the department of health said that the total deaths related to Covid-19 now stands at 2 749.

            The ministry of health has released its daily report on the identified confirmed cases on Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours with a record tally of 8 124 new cases being reported in one day.

            “Regrettably, we report a further 92 Covid-19 related deaths – 17 from Eastern Cape, 28 from Gauteng, 10 from KwaZulu Natal and 37 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 2 749,” the statement reads.


            • Another 8 728 cases takes Covid-19 infection total to 168 061

              The total deaths jumped by 95 to 2 844, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced.

              As of Thursday, 2 July 2020, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 168 061.

              A total of 1 706 127 tests have been completed, of which 39 188 new tests are reported, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.


              • Confirmed cases: 177 124. Deaths 2 952

                A total of 39 025 Covid-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. There are 9 064 new cases of Covid-19 and 108 more deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 2 952.

                SOURCE: Dept of Health

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                • South Africa records 10 853 new Covid-19 cases and 74 deaths

                  As of Saturday, 4 July 2020, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 187 977, with the number of deaths now at 3 026, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced in a statement.

                  The country breached the 10 000 mark for the first time.

                  Of the 74 new deaths, 31 came from the Eastern Cape, while 43 were reported in the Western Cape.

                  The number of recoveries is 91,227, which translates to a recovery rate of 48,5%, he said.


                  • sharon sanders
                    sharon sanders commented
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                    As of Saturday, 4 July 2020, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 187,977, with the number of deaths now at 3,026, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced in a statement.


                  The Western Cape government said the province had around 16 293 active cases.

                  It's cumulative total number of coronavirus cases is recorded at just over 68 000.

                  The Western Cape government said a total of 73% of people who had contracted COVID-19 in the province recovered.

                  It said most people who contract the virus will only experience mild symptoms and will be able to recover at home without any complications.

                  The Western Cape government said the province had around 16,293 active cases.


                  • sharon sanders
                    sharon sanders commented
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                    It adds that data shows that almost half of all COVID-19 positive people in the province with diabetes have required hospitalisation and of those hospitalised, 45% have died.

                • Confirmed cases: 196 750. Deaths: 3 199. Total number of recoveries: 93 315

                  SOURCE: Minister of Health

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                  • SA breaches 200K mark of Covid-19 cases, deaths rise by 111


                    • Confirmed cases: 215 855. Deaths: 3 502

                      Source: Dept of Health


                      • Confirmed cases: 224 665. Deaths: 3 600

                        Source: Dept of Health


                        • 13 674 new cases

                          As of today, a cumulative total of 238 339 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been reported with 13 674 new cases identified.

                          SOURCE: Dept of Health

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                          • SA records 250 687 coronavirus cases and 3 860 deaths

                            There are 250 687 coronavirus cases, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.

                            The number of deaths jumped by 140 to 3860.

                            The number of recoveries is 118 232, which translates to a recovery rate of 47,2%.

                            Gauteng has 87 033 infections.