COVID-19 latest: SA records 14 046 new cases and 411 deaths

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Wednesday 23 December 2020 that SA’s cumulative caseload now stands at 954 258, along with 811 372 recoveries and 25 657 deaths.

COVID-19 in South Africa: Wednesday 23 December 2020

As per the Department of Health, South Africa recorded an increase of 14 046 new cases since Tuesday, 22 December, when 9 501 new cases were reported, and the death figure breached 25 000.

Dr Mkhize warns that the virus continues to spread exponentially, and that second wave – along with the new COVID-19 variant – spreads much faster than the first wave. The health minister added:

“All provinces, with the exception of the Eastern Cape, continue to report increases in their cases, with KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng Province registering the largest increases”.

Adhere to COVID-19 safety measures

The health minister urges all South Africans to adhere to the regulations and recommendations pertaining to the National State of Disaster. This includes avoiding large gatherings, the wearing of masks and social distancing.

He explains that KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng now compromises of 81% of new cases – 20%, 28% and 23% respectively. He warns that it will be “important to evaluate the situation and identify hotspots”.

“We can never stress enough the need for citizens to take every precaution necessary as we celebrate the festive season and look for reprieve from a tough year. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is unrelenting and we, therefore, cannot afford to be complacent at this stage”.

At the time of publishing, 6 269 776 tests have been conducted in South Africa since the outbreak of the pandemic, with 54 048 tests carried out within the last 24 hours; 15 953 in the public sector and 38 095 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 263 166 5 260 240 441 17 465
Western Cape 184 091 5 890 137 484 40 717
KwaZulu-Natal 166 877 3 793 128 999 34 085
Free State 61 097 2 142 54 422 4 533
Eastern Cape 162 452 6 460 143 409 12 583
Limpopo 20 903 533 18 732 1 638
Mpumalanga 33 785 630 31 693 1 462
North West 37 491 577 34 116 2 798
Northern Cape 24 396 372 22 076 1 948
Unallocated 0

Global COVID-19 updates

As of Wednesday, 23 December 2020, the global caseload inched closer to 79 million confirmed cases: 78 920 534 at the time of publishing, along with 1 734 661 recorded deaths and 55 462 885 recoveries.

SA is currently the 18th hardest-hit country in the world but steadily gaining ranks on Ukraine (989 642 confirmed cases), Peru (1 000 153) and Iran (1 177 004). At the top of the list, still the United States of America.

The USA has a caseload of 18 841 531 confirmed cases, along with 333 110 total deaths (now averaging 2 200 deaths a day) and 11 031 886 recoveries. Close to 157 000 cases were recorded on Tuesday.

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Image via Twitter: Dr Mkhize.

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Presh JM Reporter

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