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    As of today, a cumulative total of  511 485 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 8195 new cases identified. Case Data Province Total cases for 2 Aug 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape 79 410 15,5 Free State 23 099 4,5 Gauteng 180 532 35,3 KwaZulu-Natal 82 300 16,1 Lim ...

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    • Confirmed cases: 516 862

      New cases: 5 377

      Tests conducted: 3 058 695

      Deaths: 8 539

      Recoveries: 358 037

      SOURCE: Dept of Health

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      • WEEKLY BULLETIN ON OUTBREAKS
        AND OTHER EMERGENCIES
        Week 31: 27 July - 2 August 2020
        Data as reported by: 17:00; 2 August 2020
        ...
        Coronavirus disease 2019 South Africa

        511 485 Cases
        8 366 Deaths
        1.5% CFR


        EVENT DESCRIPTION

        South Africa continues to record the highest number of COVID-19 cases
        and deaths on the continent, now passing the 500 000 mark. Since
        our last report (Weekly Bulletin 30), the number of recorded cases has
        increased by 66 051, while deaths have increased by 1 597 in the same
        period. As of 2 August 2020, the country has reported a total of 511 485
        cases and 8 366 deaths (case fatality ratio 1.5%).

        There continues to be a heterogeneous distribution of case numbers
        and deaths across the nine provinces in the country, with community
        transmission well established in all parts of the country. Gauteng Province
        currently has the highest number of cases, at 180 532 (35.3%), followed
        by Western Cape Province with 96 838 (18.9%) cases. KwaZulu-Natal
        (82 300; 16.1%) and Eastern Cape (79 410; 15.5%) follow, KwaZuluNatal
        now overtaking Eastern Cape as the third most affected province in
        terms of cases in the country. Case numbers continue to rise rapidly in
        the less populous provinces, with 19 961 cases in North West Province
        (the heart of the mining industry), 23 099 cases in Free State Province,
        15 120 cases in Mpumalanga Province, 9 044 cases in Limpopo Province
        and 5 131 cases in the sparsely populated Northern Cape Province.

        Western Cape Province has the most deaths (3 117; 37.2%), followed by
        Gauteng Province (2 115; 25.3%), Eastern Cape Province (1 769; 21%)
        and KwaZulu-Natal Province (875; 19.5%). The remaining provinces
        have reported 412 deaths between them. The number of recoveries
        stands at 347 227 (68%).

        Among the 507 894 cases where age and gender is known, 294 498
        cases are female and 213 396 are male. The age groups most affected
        are those between 25 to 54 years. The majority of deaths are among
        those aged 50-69 years.

        As of 2 August 2020, a total of 3 036 779 PCR tests has been carried out,
        of which 2 368 212 are passive case finding and 668 567 are community
        screen and test. Currently, 61% of all tests have been carried out in the
        private health sector, with 39% in the public health sector.

        PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

        South Africa remains in lockdown with mandatory cloth masks in
        public, a complete ban on tobacco and alcohol sales; the curfew
        times have been amended to 22:00 to 04:00 daily. Inter-provincial
        travel remains banned except for essential workers and immediate
        family for funerals.

        Schools are closed from 27 July 2020 for four weeks, except for
        final year learners (Grade 12), who return to school on 3 August
        2020 and Grade 7 learners who will return on 10 August 2020.
        The Western Cape Government has developed a radio campaign
        partnering with provincial healthcare workers to share important
        messages about COVID-19, targeting regional community radio
        stations across the Province.

        The Western Cape COVID-19 communication campaign has
        used radio, community newspapers, loud-hailing, flyers, posters
        and social media in communities across the province to spread
        messages about essential public health measures to prevent
        COVID-19.

        Field hospitals have been built and equipped in Western Cape,
        Gauteng, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces to help to
        relieve the burden on existing provincial hospitals.

        SITUATION INTERPRETATION

        The situation in South Africa remains of grave concern, although
        the numbers appear to be levelling off in Western Cape and Gauteng
        provinces. However, variable daily testing numbers make this difficult to
        interpret. Gauteng, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal provinces continue
        to see rising case numbers and deaths and hospital services are coming
        under increasing strain in these three provinces. The rapid increase in
        case numbers in the remaining provinces in the country, particularly
        in sparsely populated provinces such as Northern Cape and Limpopo,
        suggests that restrictions on inter-provincial travel may not be well
        enforced. This could become a serious challenge as these provinces
        have fewer hospital beds and intensive care units available than the
        more populous provinces. Public health measures such as mandatory
        cloth mask wearing in public, physical distancing and hand hygiene
        continue to be promoted. However, the continuing rise in case numbers
        across all provinces suggests that these measures are not being widely
        adopted. Government urgently requires massive and wide-reaching
        community engagement and risk communication strategies to ensure
        that people who are back at work take notice of these essential public
        health measures.

        https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/...=1&isAllowed=y
        "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

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        • Confirmed cases: 521 318

          New cases: 19 507

          Tests conducted: 3 078 202

          Deaths: 8 8884

          Recoveries: 363 751

          SOURCE: Dept of Health

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          • World Health Organization surge team to arrive in South Africa

            05 August 2020

            Brazzaville/Geneva/ Johannesburg, 5 August 2020 – The South African COVID-19 response will soon be bolstered by a surge team of health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO).

            WHO will be deploying 43 experts from various fields to support the COVID-19 outbreak response management. The first 17 health expects will arrive today and include key expertise in epidemiology, surveillance, case management, infection, prevention and control, procurement, as well as community mobilization and health education. Among them is Dr David Heymann, a seasoned infectious disease epidemiologist and public health expert, who was at one-time Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment at WHO. He headed the response to the SARS epidemic in 2003, working with his team to mediate international efforts to halt the pandemic.

            These deployments have emanated from continued discussions between the Minister of Health, Hon Dr Zweli Mkhize, and WHO global and regional leadership. With South Africa now among the top five of the world’s most affected countries, it is critical to strengthen its COVID-19 response.

            “At this time when the COVID-19 epidemic in South Africa is spreading rapidly, it is important that we work together to intensify our fight against the virus,” said Dr Owen Kaluwa, WHO Representative for South Africa. “For this reason, WHO is ramping up support to complement national and provincial efforts to scale-up the response. Our collective efforts are necessary to identify cases, isolate and provide care, follow up contacts and fully implement physical distancing and other key public health measures. In this way, we will minimize the spread and impact of COVID19.”

            WHO will be primarily responsible for funding the international surge team with South Africa largely being responsible for providing administrative resources for smooth initiation and integration of the partnership.

            The surge team will be jointly led by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa and Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme. They will work virtually from Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo and Geneva, Switzerland respectively to support the experts on the ground.

            “Dr Moeti and Dr Ryan have become familiar and trusted figures in the fight against COVID-19,” said Minister of Health Hon Dr Zweli Mkhize. “They have been supporting and complementing our national efforts and we have had very fruitful and honest discussions with them. WHO will greatly bolster our efforts as we have seen how effective their interventions have been in countries like China, Spain, Italy, Mauritius and other countries that have been through what we are facing now. I would also like to pay tribute to the Director General of WHO Dr Tedros Adhanhom Ghebreyesus, who has been steadfast in his leadership during a defining global crisis. We look forward to welcoming the WHO team and integrating them to buttress our COVID-19 response.”

            The delegation will be required to complete an initial period of quarantine and testing before being cleared for deployment in the country. They will be initiated into the current national health efforts and informed on how the National Department of Health is supporting provincial COVID-19 programmes. Then they will be deployed in the national department and the following provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal and Mpumalanga.

            “These provinces have been identified as the ones needing the most urgent support where the first team can make the most impact. As the remaining experts are deployed by WHO, all provinces in the country will benefit from their presence,” said Dr Sandile Buthelezi, the Director General of Health.

            The surge team is expected to contribute to national efforts in key response areas including surveillance and streamlining of epidemiological systems and WHO global COVID-19 response guidelines, improved case management, leading to a reduced hospital burden and increased community buy-in resulting in greater compliance to public health measures.

            “WHO Regional Office for Africa has made supporting South Africa a key priority,” said Dr Moeti. “I believe our joint efforts with South African health experts will help flatten the curve and save lives. We are in this together. Our solidarity which spans the globe is a model partnership for an effective response. United we will defeat COVID-19.”

            https://www.afro.who.int/news/world-...e-south-africa
            "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

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            • Confirmed cases: 529 877

              New cases: 8 686

              Tests conducted: 3 078 202

              Deaths: 9 298

              Recoveries: 377 266

              SOURCE: Dept of Health


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              • Confirmed cases: 538 184

                New cases: 8 307

                Tests conducted: 3 149 807

                Deaths: 9 604

                Recoveries: 387 316

                SOURCE: Dept of Health

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                • Confirmed cases: 545 476

                  New cases: 7 292

                  Tests conducted: 3 183 658

                  Deaths: 9 909

                  Recoveries: 394 759

                  SOURCE: Dept of Health

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                  • Confirmed cases: 553 188

                    New cases: 7 714

                    Tests conducted: 3 220 265

                    Deaths: 10 210

                    Recoveries: 404 568

                    SOURCE: Dept of Health

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                    • Confirmed cases: 559 858

                      New cases: 6 670

                      Tests conducted: 3 250 583

                      Deaths: 10 408

                      Recoveries: 411 147

                      SOURCE: Dept of Health

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                      • Slowdown in tests as 213 deaths reported

                        South Africa only reported an additional 3,740 confirmed Covid-19 cases on Monday – the lowest daily tally since late June.


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                        • Source: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/2020/08/...h-august-2020/



                          Update on Covid-19 (10th August 2020)

                          Aug 10th, 2020|Press Releases and Notices



                          Media Release
                          10 August 2020

                          As of today, a cumulative total of 563 598 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded.
                          Case Data
                          Province Total cases for 10 August 2020 Percentage total
                          Eastern Cape 82578 14,7
                          Free State 28909 5,1
                          Gauteng 193561 34,3
                          KwaZulu-Natal 99386 17,6
                          Limpopo 10711 1,9
                          Mpumalanga 19455 3,5
                          North West 21933 3,9
                          Northern Cape 6802 1,2
                          Western Cape 100213 17,8
                          Unknown 50 0,0
                          Total 563598 100,0
                          Testing Data
                          The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 267 494 with 16 911 new tests conducted since the last report.

                          Reported Deaths and Recoveries
                          Regrettably we report 213 new COVID-19 related deaths: 57 from Eastern Cape, 39 from Gauteng, 11 from KwaZulu Natal, 64 from the Free State, 10 from Mpumalanga, 30 from Western Cape and 2 from Northern Cape.
                          This brings the cumulative total of reported COVID-19 related deaths to 10 621
                          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 417 200 which translates to a recovery rate of 74%
                          The provincial breakdown is as follows:
                          Province Deaths Recoveries
                          Eastern Cape 2266 76886
                          Free State 414 13039
                          Gauteng 2618 145776
                          KwaZulu-Natal 1420 55155
                          Limpopo 127 8207
                          Mpumalanga 149 15833
                          North West 130 12136
                          Northern Cape 68 3307
                          Western Cape 3429 86861
                          Total 10621 417200
                          Dr. Zwelini Mkhize
                          Minister of Health



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                          • WEEKLY BULLETIN ON OUTBREAKS
                            AND OTHER EMERGENCIES
                            Week 32: 3 - 9 August 2020
                            Data as reported by: 17:00; 9 August 2020

                            ...
                            Coronavirus disease 2019
                            South Africa


                            559 858 Cases
                            10 408 Deaths
                            1.9% CFR


                            EVENT DESCRIPTION

                            South Africa continues to record the highest number of COVID-19 cases
                            and deaths on the continent, although the daily number of new cases
                            appears to be on a declining trend. However, this trend should be interpreted
                            cautiously, since the current targeted testing strategy means that fewer
                            daily tests are now conducted, and the number of deaths continues to rise.
                            Since our last report (Weekly Bulletin 31), the number of recorded cases
                            has increased by 48 373, which is 26% fewer than the number of cases
                            recorded in week 31 (week ending 2 August 2020). However, the number
                            of deaths recorded in the same period is 2 042, which is 21.7% higher
                            than the number of deaths recorded in week 31. As of 9 August 2020, the
                            country has reported a total of 559 858 cases and 10 408 deaths (case
                            fatality ratio 1.9%).

                            All provinces in the country are affected, with Gauteng Province the most
                            affected, at 192 767 cases (34.4%), followed by Western Cape Province
                            with 99 959 (17.9%) cases. KwaZulu-Natal (98 068; 17.5%) and Eastern
                            Cape (82 401; 14.7%) follow. Case numbers continue to rise rapidly in the
                            less populous provinces, with 28 370 cases in Free State Province, 21 837
                            cases in North West Province (the heart of the mining industry), 19 239
                            cases in Mpumalanga Province, 10 546 cases in Limpopo Province and
                            6 621 cases in the sparsely populated Northern Cape Province.

                            Western Cape Province has the most deaths (3 399; 32.6%), followed by
                            Gauteng Province (2 579; 24.4%), Eastern Cape Province (2 209; 21.2%)
                            and KwaZulu-Natal Province (1 409; 13.5%). The remaining provinces have
                            reported 812 deaths between them. The number of health workers affected
                            is now 24 104 (5% of all confirmed cases), with 181 deaths (1.74% of the
                            total) recorded. The number of recoveries stands at 411 147 (73%).
                            Among the 555 677 cases where age and gender is known, 323 120 cases
                            are female and 232 557 are male. The age groups most affected are those
                            between 25 to 54 years. The majority of deaths are among those aged
                            50-69 years.

                            As of 9 August 2020, a total of 3 250 583 PCR tests has been carried out,
                            of which 2 541 942 are passive case finding and 708 641 are community
                            screen and test. Currently, 79% of all tests have been carried out in the
                            private health sector, with 21% in the public health sector.

                            Sentinel surveillance carried out in selected public and private hospitals
                            by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) suggests that
                            weekly hospital admissions are declining, rising to a peak of 6 088 during
                            week 29 (week ending 18 July 2020) and falling in the past two weeks, with
                            5 019 admissions recorded in week 31 (week ending 1 August 2020). Public
                            hospitals account for only 22.3% and 19.6% of these figures, although the
                            number of admissions is also dropping in those public facilities that form
                            part of this sentinel surveillance.

                            PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

                            A WHO surge team of infectious disease specialists and epidemiologists
                            have been sent to South Africa, with the first 17 arriving on 5 August
                            2020. They are currently undergoing 14 days’ quarantine before being
                            deployed to different provinces.

                            South Africa remains in lockdown with mandatory cloth masks in
                            public, a complete ban on tobacco and alcohol sales; the curfew times
                            have been amended to 22:00 to 04:00 daily. Inter-provincial travel
                            remains banned except for essential workers and immediate family
                            for funerals.

                            Schools are closed from 27 July 2020 for four weeks, except for final
                            year learners (Grade 12), who returned to school on 3 August 2020
                            and Grade 7 learners who will return on 11 August 2020.
                            The Western Cape Government has developed a radio campaign
                            partnering with provincial healthcare workers to share important
                            messages about COVID-19, targeting regional community radio
                            stations across the Province.

                            The Western Cape COVID-19 communication campaign has used
                            radio, community newspapers, loud-hailing, flyers, posters and social
                            media in communities across the province to spread messages about
                            essential public health measures to prevent COVID-19.

                            Field hospitals have been built and equipped in Western Cape,
                            Gauteng, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces to help to relieve
                            the burden on existing provincial hospitals.

                            SITUATION INTERPRETATION

                            The situation in South Africa remains of grave concern, although daily
                            recorded numbers are falling and there is some suggestion that hospital
                            admissions may be falling as well. However, the number of deaths
                            continues to rise, including in the less populous areas of the country,
                            which collectively now account for 7.8% of the deaths in the country. While
                            the main concentration of cases and deaths is in densely populated urban
                            areas, there is clearly established community transmission across the
                            country, with confirmed cases steadily rising in the more rural provinces.
                            Although sentinel surveillance suggests that hospital admissions are
                            falling, anectodal reports indicate that, in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal
                            in particular, hospital services are still under pressure. The continued
                            increase in cases and deaths shows that there is no room for complacency.
                            Government urgently requires massive and wide-reaching community
                            engagement and risk communication strategies to ensure that people who
                            are back at work take notice of these essential public health measures.

                            https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/...0309082020.pdf
                            "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

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                            • As of 1pm today (11 August) the Western Cape has 7 416 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 98 868 confirmed cases and 87 998 recoveries.

                              SOURCE: Premier Alan Winde

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                              • Source: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/2020/08/...h-august-2020/




                                Update on Covid-19 (11th August 2020)

                                Aug 11th, 2020|Press Releases and Notices



                                Media Release
                                11 August 2020

                                As of today, a cumulative total of 566 109 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded.
                                Case Data
                                Province Total cases for 11 August 2020 Percentage total
                                Eastern Cape 82715 14,6
                                Free State 29209 5,2
                                Gauteng 194093 34,3
                                KwaZulu-Natal 100494 17,8
                                Limpopo 10807 1,9
                                Mpumalanga 19533 3,5
                                North West 22031 3,9
                                Northern Cape 6861 1,2
                                Western Cape 100316 17,7
                                Unknown 50 0,0
                                Total 566109 100,0
                                Testing Data
                                The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 278 977 with 11 483 new tests conducted since the last report.

                                Reported Deaths and Recoveries
                                Regrettably we report 130 new COVID-19 related deaths: 20 from Eastern Cape, 35 from Gauteng, 30 from KwaZulu Natal, 20 from North West, 25 from Western Cape.
                                This brings the cumulative total of reported COVID-19 related deaths to 10 751
                                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 426 125 which translates to a recovery rate of 75%
                                The provincial breakdown is as follows:
                                Province Deaths Recoveries
                                Eastern Cape 2286 77550
                                Free State 414 13478
                                Gauteng 2653 150082
                                KwaZulu-Natal 1450 56758
                                Limpopo 127 8207
                                Mpumalanga 149 16416
                                North West 150 12245
                                Northern Cape 68 3391
                                Western Cape 3454 87998
                                Total 10751 426125
                                Dr. Zwelini Mkhize
                                Minister of Health



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