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COVID-19 South Africa latest: 1 806 new cases and 101 deaths

The Ministry of Health reports that South Africa's caseload increased with 1 806 confirmed COVID-19 during the past 24 hours.

The latest COVID-19 South Africa Latest  figures have been released. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Saturday 5 September 2020 that SA’s cumulative caseload now stands at 636 884, along with 561 204 recoveries and 14 779 deaths.

COVID-19 South Africa daily update
Pedestrians, some of them wearing protective face masks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, walk in a street lined with shops in Bordeaux, southwestern France, on 5 September 2020. Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez

 

COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA: SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2020
As per the Department of Health, South Africa recorded an increase of 1 806 new cases since Friday 4 September, when SA’s caseload stood at 635 078 confirmed cases and 14 678 deaths.

In addition, a total of 561 204 citizens have recovered, which brings the recovery rate to 88%. Minister Mkhize also reports that 101 patients have lost the battle against COVID-19 during the past 24 hours.

The new cases are: 45 from KwaZulu-Natal, 16 from Gauteng, 11 from Eastern Cape, 19 from Free State, 10 from Western Cape. This brings the total death toll in South Africa to 14 779.

At the time of publishing, 3 783 823 tests have been conducted in South Africa since the outbreak of the pandemic, with 18 123 tests carried out within the last 24 hours; 7 664 in the public sector and 10 459 in the private sector.

BREAKDOWN OF NEW CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

NEW CASES, DEATHS AND RECOVERIES BY PROVINCE
The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:

Province Total Cases Deaths Recoveries Active Cases
Gauteng 212 564 3 789 186 731 22 044
Western Cape 106 982 3 960 99 010 4 012
KwaZulu-Natal 114 646 2 263 101 797 10 586
Free State 39 486 776 27 129 11 581
Eastern Cape 86 755 2 979 82 233 1 543
Limpopo 13 665 214 12 702 749
Mpumalanga 24 976 378 23 475 1 123
North West 26 092 275 20 554 5 263
Northern Cape 11 718 145 7 573 4 000
Unallocated 0

COVID-19 UPDATES FROM SOUTH AFRICA
Minister Mkhize said earlier today that South Africa’s pandemic trends are “showing improvements” in key indicators. However, he that the threat of a second wave of infections still remains.

He added that South Africa ranked 13th for “the cumalative number of COVID-19-related deaths recorded. However, the Health Minister warns:

“On the other hand, it would be remiss of me not to inform the public that the same report indicated that unnatural deaths have increased following the easing of alcohol restrictions – unnatural deaths now exceed the MRC predicted number”.

He noted with dismay that some citizens are still hosting “large parties and going to shebeens, tavens and bars beyond curfew”, as is evident by videos shared on social media. The minister urges South Africans to observe health protocols.

“[Continue to observe] health protocols such as social distancing, wearing of masks, sanitising and washing of hands. We also caution against sharing of drinks, cigarettes, cigars, and shisha pipes. Be aware that if you do this you have directly put yourself at risk”.

GLOBAL COVID-19 UPDATES
On Saturday 5 September 2020, the global caseload inched closer to 27 million confirmed cases: 26 949 078 at the time of publishing, along with 881 347 recorded deaths and 19 041 445 recoveries.

SA is still the seventh hardest-hit country in the world; Peru and Colombia reached recorded a caseload of 676 848 and 650 062, respectively. The four countries with cases numbering in the millions, the United States of America, Brazil, India and Russia.

It is predicted that the United States of America will record a total of 400 000 deaths by January 2021. Currently, the USA has a caseload of 6 408 594, along with 192 403 deaths and 3 642 747 recoveries.

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