The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Friday August 14 that the cumulative workload in South Africa now stands at 579,140 people, with 461,734 recoveries and 11,556 deaths.
COVID-19 in South Africa: Friday August 14, 2020
South Africa has seen an increase of 6,725 new cases, according to the Department of Health since Thursday, when SA’s workload was 572,865 after a peak of 3,946 cases.
In addition, a total of 461,734 citizens have recovered, bringing the recovery rate to 79%. Minister Mkhize also reports that 286 patients have lost the battle against COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
The new cases are: 42 from the Eastern Cape, 76 from Gauteng, 26 from the Northwest, 54 from KwaZulu Natal, 22 from Mpumalanga, 28 from the Western Cape, 20 from the Free State and 18 from the North Cape. This brings the total death toll in South Africa to 11,556.
At the time of publication, 3,351,111 tests have been carried out in South Africa since the start of the pandemic, including 35,614 tests carried out in the last 24 hours; 11,757 in the public sector and 23,857 in the private sector.
Breakdown of new confirmed cases of COVID-19
New cases, deaths and recoveries by province
The confirmed cases of COVID-19 by province are as follows:
|Western Cape||101,579||3,534||90 115|
|KwaZulu Natal||103 744||1,617||77,301|
|North West||22 816||176||12,559|
|North Cape||7,443||94||3 937|
Threat of COVID-19 resurgence
Minister Mkhize said on Friday that “the threat of resurgence remains very real”, adding that the ministry “would not want to repeat the recent history seen in some countries and allow a second wave to cause even more destruction”.
He confirmed that 16 of the 43 members of the WHO surveillance team have now arrived in South Africa; they have started “a period of orientation to ensure optimal alignment of the programs”.
“The work of tackling a pandemic does not begin or end and therefore we will encourage fluidity and agility and we will be happy that they will look at our situation with fresh eyes and may be able to identify or offer a perspective that we may not have. took into consideration.”
He added that the country is in the midst of a crisis and said, “We call on Ubuntu, Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu – I am because of you. We appreciate the support of WHO
Global COVID-19 News
On Saturday, the global caseload passed the 16 million mark. At the time of publication, there were 16,796,472 confirmed cases worldwide. The new coronavirus now affects 213 countries and territories.
Of the total confirmed cases, 10,345,804 patients have recovered, while 660,603 people have died of the disease. South Africa is currently the fifth hardest-hit country in the world, just behind Mexico and Peru.
Ahead of us on the rankings, Russia with a caseload of 823,515 confirmed cases, India with 1,532,125, Brazil with 2,455,905 and the United States, the currently hardest-hit country, with 4,466,384 confirmed cases and 151,786 deaths.