COVID-19 latest: Deaths in South Africa now exceed 8 000

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Thursday 30 July that SA’s cumulative caseload increased by 11 014 along with 193 deaths.

COVID-19 in South Africa: Friday 31 July 2020

As of today, a total of 493 183 South Africans contracted COVID-19 since the virus first broke out in SA back in March. This is an increase of 11 014 since Thursday, 30 July. Thankfully, 326 171 patients have recovered.

As per Mkhize’s report, the recovery rate is now 66%. Sadly, Minister Mkhize also announced that a further 193 deaths were reported, This brings the death toll in South Africa to a total of 8005.

The deaths recorded per province during the last 24 hours are as follows: 8 from Eastern Cape, 103 from Gauteng, 36 from KwaZulu Natal, 33 from Western Cape and 13 from Mpumalanga.

As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 493 183, the total number of deaths is 8 005 and the total number of recoveries is 326 171.

Minister Mkhize.

A total of 41 486 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours: 24 896 from the private sector and 16 590 from the public sector. In total, 2 959 535 tests have been conducted since the novel coronavirus first broke out.

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
Gauteng 175 272 2 035 117 099
Western Cape 95 223 3 050 79 841
KwaZulu Natal 76 706 803 35 113
Free State 21 262 154 7 063
Eastern Cape 77 938 1 708 65 512
Limpopo 8 565 67 5 044
Mpumalanga 14 101 78 6 854
North West 19 325 81 8 256
Northern Cape 4 741 29 1 389
Unallocated 50 0 0

COVID-19 guidelines: How to wear a face mask

In a new video shared by the World Health Organisation in Africa, wearing a loose mask would not help at all. Masks sufficiently cover the nose and mouth with as few gaps as possible.

The WHO also warns against taking the mask off to talk and sharing the mask with others. In addition, we are cautioned against repositioning or adjusting the mask once it has been put on.

Watch: How to wear a mask

Global COVID-19 news and statistics

There are 17 613 632 confirmed cases in the world, along with 679 48 deaths and 11 016 056 recoveries.

Top 10 hardest hit countries

Country Confirmed cases New cases Death toll Recoveries Active cases Critical cases
1 USA 4 590 809 22 772 154 634 2 250 140 2 186 305 18 848
2 Brazil 2 556 207 685 90 212 1 787 419 678 576 8 318
3 India 1 632 422 48 038 35 712 1 029 069 567 641 8 944
4 Russia 834 499 5 509 13 802 629 655 191 072 2 300
5 SA 482 169 11 049 7 812 309 601 164 756 539
6 Mexico 408 449 5 752 45 361 267 147 95 941 3 922
7 Peru 400 683 18 816 280 044 101 823 1 427
8 Chile 351 575 9 278 324 557 17 740 1 529
9 Spain 332 510 2 789 28 443 n/a n/a 617
1 UK 302 301 846 45 961 n/a n/a 94

As of Friday 31 July 2020, more than 900 000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified on the African continent, along with approximately 550 000 recoveries and 19 000 deaths.

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Image credit: World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa – WHO/AFRO

Also read — Western Cape estimated to lose 167 000 jobs and R720m worth of revenue during 2020

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Presh JM Reporter

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