Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, on Tuesday 30 June, announced that the confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have risen to 151 209.  

This is an increase of 6 945, as the total number of confirmed cases stood at 144 264 on Monday 29 June. 

Mkhize announced an updated death toll of 2 657. This is an increase of 128 as it stood at 2 529 on Monday 29 June. The mortality rate is currently 1.8%.

“Regrettably, we report a further 128 COVID-19 related deaths – four from Mpumalanga, 25 from the Eastern Cape, 36 from Gauteng, 11 from KwaZulu-Natal and 52 from the Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 2 657.”

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

A total of 1 630 008 tests have been conducted to date with 33 013 tests done in the last 24 hours. There have been 73 543 recoveries thus far. 

LATEST COVID-19 CASES BY PROVINCE AS OF TUESDAY 30 JUNE

The following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been detected in each province as of Tuesday: 

  • Eastern Cape – 27 686 cases
  • Free State – 1 514 cases; 
  • Gauteng – 42 881 cases; 
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 9 674 cases; 
  • Limpopo – 1 131 cases; 
  • Mpumalanga – 1 190 cases; 
  • North West – 4 187 cases; 
  • Northern Cape – 465 cases; and 
  • Western Cape – 62 481 cases
  • Unknown – 0 cases.

This comes to a total of 151 209 confirmed cases. 

COVID-19 DEATH TOLL BY PROVINCE AS OF TUESDAY

The following confirmed COVID-19-related deaths have been detected in each province as of Tuesday: 

  • Eastern Cape – 422 deaths;
  • Free State – nine deaths;
  • Gauteng – 216 deaths;
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 126 deaths;
  • Limpopo – 10 deaths;
  • Mpumalanga – seven deaths;
  • North West – seven deaths; 
  • Northern Cape – one death;
  • Western Cape – 1 859 deaths. 

LATEST RECOVERIES BY PROVINCE 

Mkhize announced the latest COVID-19 recoveries as follows: 

  • Eastern Cape – 14 081 recoveries;
  • Free State – 385 recoveries;
  • Gauteng – 10 534 recoveries;
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 3 602 recoveries;
  • Limpopo – 520 recoveries;
  • Mpumalanga – 464 recoveries;
  • North West – 651 recoveries;
  • Northern Cape – 186 recoveries; and
  • Western Cape – 43 120 recoveries.

GAUTENG TO BECOME COVID-19 EPICENTRE

On Tuesday 30 June, Mkhize said the number of COVID-19 infections is rising sharply in Gauteng. He said the province would most likely emerge as the epicentre within the coming days.

According to the health department, factors contributing to the spike in Gauteng are: 

  • Inward migration; 
  • Large population sizes in the metros; and
  • Congregating of people.

“The numbers are picking up, the surge is on the way. Particularly in Gauteng the numbers are locking up faster than anticipated,” said Mkhize. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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