Wednesday, 22 July 2020 23:33

 

Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now a total of  394,948 cases of coronavirus in South Africa.

This is an increase of 13,150 cases from the 381,798 infections reported on Tuesday.

The majority of cases are in Gauteng (144,582), the Western Cape (87,847), the Eastern Cape (67,818) and KwaZulu-Natal (50,521).

The total number of tests conducted to date is 2 585 474 with 48 553 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 572 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported and this brings the cumulative number of deaths to 5 940.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

Province Deaths Recoveries
Eastern Cape 1345 49938
Free State 62 1315
Gauteng 1156 77397
KwaZulu-Natal 477 18067
Limpopo 33 2518
Mpumalanga 52 3435
North West 48 3914
Northern Cape 15 1100
Western Cape 2752 71491
Total 5940 229175

The number of recoveries currently stands at 229 175 which translates to a recovery rate of 58%.

More than 14.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, nearly 8.5 million have recovered, and nearly 616,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile government says there has been no change to Level 3 regulations with regard to the ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products.

This comes after a tweet sparked confusion over when the bans would be lifted.

The government subsequently tweeted that the information contained in the initial tweet was incorrect and would be removed.

The initial tweet stated that "the ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarette will remain in place throughout lockdown period. The purpose is to save lives and protect the health and well-being of our people #Alcoholban".

The tweet caused confusion as it was understood to infer that tobacco and alcohol would remain banned for an indefinite period, until the risk-adjusted strategy of five levels of lockdown came to an end.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.