The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Monday August 17 that the cumulative number of cases in South Africa now stands at 589,886, with 477,671 recoveries and 11,982 deaths.
COVID-19 in South Africa: Monday August 18, 2020
According to the Department of Health, South Africa has recorded an increase of 2,541 new cases since Sunday August 16, while SA’s workload was 587,345.
In addition, a total of 477,671 citizens have recovered, bringing the recovery rate to 80%. Minister Mkhize also reports that 143 patients have lost the battle against COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
The new cases are: 50 from the Eastern Cape, 14 from Gauteng, 14 from KwaZulu Natal, 25 from Mpumalanga, 32 from the Western Cape, five from the Free State and three from the North Cape. This brings the total death toll in South Africa to 11,982.
At the time of publication, 3,415,032 tests have been performed in South Africa since the start of the pandemic, with only 15,032 tests performed in the past 24 hours; 9,163 in the public sector and 5,869 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:
|Gauteng||200 237||2 929||161,078|
|KwaZulu Natal||106,037||1,686||79 955|
|Free State||32 304||524||17,000|
|North West||23 305||194||14 980|
|North Cape||8,021||97||4 728|
Threat of COVID-19 resurgence
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Saturday, August 15, 2020. He warned that a low transmission rate and reduced hospital admissions warranted relaxing restrictions.
Ramaphosa rescinded his ban and relaxed a host of restrictions, focusing on restoring the economy. If there was one restriction that touched our hearts, it’s not being able to see those we care about.
The family can now visit againhowever, strict protocols still apply. Weddings will now also be allowed with these limitations while gyms and fitness centers can also open its doors.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said gyms can open provided they adhere to strict safety protocols which will be described in detail in the coming days.
: As South Africa moves to Lockdown Level 2 on August 18, bans on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products will be lifted. Gyms and fitness centers will be allowed to reopen ”.
Global COVID-19 News
Italy said Monday August 17, 2020 that it is now mandatory to wear a protective mask in all places where assemblages can be created to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Monday, global workload inches closer to the 22 million mark. At the time of publication, there were 21,943,648 confirmed cases worldwide, as well as 775,232 recorded deaths.
Of the total confirmed cases, 14,658,814 patients have recovered. There are currently 6,509,602 active cases worldwide, of which 6,445,389 have mild infection, while 64,213 are critical.
Most affected countries
South Africa is still the fifth hardest-hit country in the world, just behind Peru and Mexico. Topping us on the charts is Russia with a caseload of 927,745 confirmed cases and 15,740 confirmed deaths.
The three countries with millions of cases are India with 2,701,572 confirmed cases and 51,923 deaths, as well as 3,343,925 confirmed cases and 108,054 deaths in Brazil.
The United States is still the worst affected country, with 5,584,068 confirmed cases, 173,343 deaths and 2,928,578 recoveries today. The country currently has 2,482,147 active cases, of which 17,222 are critical.