Saturday, 20 June 2020 20:24

 

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 92 681.

This is an increase of 4,966 cases from Friday night, where cases totalled 87,715.

A further 46 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 11 from Eastern Cape, 3 from KwaZulu Natal and 32 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 1877.

 

Gender Distribution Deaths:

Male (%)

Female (%)

Unknown

Total

976 (52%)

899 (47,9%)

2 (0,1)

1877

The mortality rate is 2,0%.

 

Case Data:

Province

Total cases for 20 June 2020

Percentage total

Eastern Cape

14721

15,9

Free State

700

0,8

Gauteng

18978

20,5

KwaZulu-Natal

4806

5,2

Limpopo

521

0,6

Mpumalanga

544

0,6

North West

1957

2,1

Northern Cape

232

0,3

Western Cape

50173

54,1

Unknown

49

0,1

Total

92681

100,0

 

1 293 608 tests have been completed in total of which 33 174 new tests are reported.

Sector

Total tested

 

New tested

 

Private

635 712

49%

18 418

56%

Public

657 896

51%

14 756

44%

Grand Total

1 293 608

 

33 174

 

The number of recoveries is 50 326, which translates to a recovery rate of 54,3%.

More than 458,000 people have died as a result of the new coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. At least 8.6 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus around the world and more than 4.2 million have recovered.

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, said South Africa is moving forward with confidence, backed by science, with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said government has taken the necessary bold steps needed to prevent the rapid spread of Coronavirus.

“The numbers would have been extremely high and quickly overwhelmed the system, had we not taken the measures we did.

“We are moving forward with confidence, backed by science, which told us it would not be worth extending the lockdown, as it would not have an effect on the inevitable laws of epidemiology.

“In terms of our model, even if we extended the lockdown by another two months, we would not necessary delay the peak by any meaningful margin.

“We must ensure that as the virus spreads, we are able to contain the curve. But as we open the economy, sustaining this requires a commitment to the goals of achieving UHC [Universal Health Coverage] and shifting emphasis from regulation and law enforcement to social compacting for mass buy in and compliance,” Mkhize said on Friday.

He was addressing a webinar of the University of the Western Cape, titled ‘Social solidarity and equitable health care for all in a time of COVID and beyond’.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.