COVID-19 latest: Confirmed cases in SA at 5 951, deaths at 116

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that South Africa's COVID-19 infections continue to rise with 304 additional cases reported.

COVID-19 latest: Confirmed cases in SA at 5 951, deaths at 116

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa spiked by 304. As we enter level 4 lockdown, the Health Ministry of South Africa provided the following update.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa on 1 May

Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a media statement that COVID-19 infections in South Africa rose from 5 647 on 30 April to 5 951 on Friday 1 May 2020. According to the health department, 2 382 patients have recovered.

The death toll increased by 13. As of today, 116 COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded in South Africa; the new cases are from Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape.

Breakdown by province in South Africa on 1 May

At the time of publishing, the Western Cape still has the most confirmed cases with a total of 2 507, followed by Gauteng with 1 507 cases, KwaZulu-Natal with 1 006 and Eastern Cape with 691.

In addition, 118 cases have been confirmed for the Free State, along with 34 confirmed cases in Limpopo, 35 cases in Mpumalanga, 18 cases in the Northern Cape and 35 cases in North West. Minister Mkhize says:

“As we have undertaken to only report verified deaths, we would like to indicate that there has been a delay in assessing and verifying some of these reports. We wish to express our condolences to the families of the deceased and salute health care workers”.

Dr Zwelini Mkhize, Minister of Health.

Recoveries per province as at 29 April:

  • Eastern Cape: 254
  • Free State: 95
  • Gauteng: 948
  • KwaZulu Natal: 372
  • Limpopo: 25
  • Mpumalanga: 18
  • North West: 16
  • Northern Cape: 13
  • Western Cape 641

COVID-19 tests and screening in South Africa

As of today, a total of 217 522 tests have been conducted, of which 9 992 were done in the last 24 hours.


On Friday 1 May, global cases stand at 3 386 084 and 238 768 deaths. More than 1 075 962 people have recovered from the virus since the first cases were recorded in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

The United States (US) has been hit the hardest: To date, 1 121 399 cases have been reported, and 65 297 deaths in total. The US currently reports about 26 000 new cases and 1 400 deaths per day.

New cases have also spiked in the United Kingdom (6 201 new cases recorded as of 1 May), Russia (7 933), and Brazil (6 209). The novel coronavirus is currently affecting 212 countries around the world.

The WHO predicts that the length of the pandemic will “likely be 18 to 24 months, and that 60% to 70% of the population may need to be immune to reach a critical threshold of herd immunity to halt the pandemic”.

This may be complicated by the fact that we don’t yet know the duration of immunity to natural SARS-CoV-2 infection. Based on seasonal coronaviruses, we can anticipate that even if immunity declines after exposure, there may still be some protection against disease severity and reduced contagiousness, but this remains to be assessed for SARS-CoV-2.

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Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for 2 May, 2020

Wondering what the day has in store for your star sign? Here's a quick glance at horoscopes and more for today - completely free!

Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for 2 May, 2020

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Dwayne Johnson, David Suchet, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bianca Jagger, Larry Gatlin, Bing Crosby, Lesley Gore.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): If you have acted at all hastily in the last few days, then today’s constructive vibe should offer a calmer atmosphere in which to address ongoing concerns and/or recent glitches or gaffes. Additional errors may develop but they’re not likely to be irreversible. It’s certainly a day to iron out any complications!

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Even though the general vibe will be mainly positive, you may be inclined to focus on the finer details, as opposed to the broader picture. A recent matter may seem to crop up out of nowhere, although this too may be a lesser-issue. It’s a day to judge what happens, not what could happen!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The subtly obstructive vibe is likely to clog up your thinking processes and slow the pace down in general. Be strict with yourself from the start and don’t be sidetracked by any diversions, no matter how tempting. A risk may just pay off, but you will need to be aware of what could go wrong!

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Watery influences will provide a generally soothing mood for most water signs. In addition; you’re likely to notice a gentle lift on at least one front. Do take care with verbal communications though: a slip of the tongue could divulge something you did not intend to reveal!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s a day where it may seem as though others are capable of being more cunning and/or resourceful, while you’re left standing still. It will be possible to take advantage of the discreetly constructive vibe: you may just need to think a little laterally when it comes to incoming news!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A minor misunderstanding, most likely with a friend rather than a work colleague, could cause a slight mood dip in an otherwise positive day. Make sure that any crossed wires are disentangled, or you might feel a little resentment building up over the day. Don’t let it get to that point!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The planets indicate a gentle surge of creative energy for you. That said; an inclination to be a little too inflexible over an emotional matter could obstruct progress. Make sure you communicate your reasons for certain decisions and choices, especially if they’re not well-received!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Thanks to the planets you’re likely to become that little bit more cautious, introvert, and inclined sometimes to let others take over. Specifically it may be a day where you need to deal with a matter that’s been hanging over you, but the solution might require some effort on your part!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): What you will need more than anything is some good old fashioned fun. Forget trying to accumulate money, because that will not make you feel happier. Turning your back on the more material things in life will perhaps bring the breath of fresh air that you need right now!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Thanks to certain lunar energies you’re likely to experience a lack of confidence in trying anything new. However, this could give way to a distinct feeling as though you’ve hit a brick wall. If you are to overcome this then you may need to take a couple of minor risks or at least venture out of your comfort zone!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Taxing lunar influences could bring you some very minor challenges. Money will be one thing to monitor, especially if someone is trying to persuade you to part with your hard earned cash. It’s also possible that incoming information will need to be either put on ice or dismissed altogether!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The traveling bug might bite hard, especially with the strong influence from the moon. Don’t be surprised if you find that you’re feeling more bored and more easily distracted than usual. If you have no time for a mini-break today, then schedule in something for the coming weekend!

FOR THOSE OF US BORN ON THIS DAY: Happy birthday! The months ahead will begin with some kind of a minor crisis, possibly in relation to your financial arrangements. However, some quick thinking will save the day and will also impress those around you. September will bring a number of new opportunities that you should explore to the full. Not only is there the potential for an increase in your fortunes, but there are new friends to be found at this time as well. The influence of Saturn during the winter is likely to see you feeling unusually reflective, especially in the sphere of relationships and this is likely to continue into the New Year. Surprises abound towards the end of the next twelve months and there will be a chance for some serious fun before the year is out.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP: Taylor Swift may have adopted a new look in recent weeks, but her sound remains unchanged and it might seem to some that her music is getting stale. However, the planets tell us that her fans are just fine with that!

Today’s lucky numbers

ARIES  3, 14, 23, 35, 42, 48

TAURUS  2, 7, 15, 24, 31, 45

GEMINI  5, 14, 19, 28, 33, 47

CANCER  6, 15, 21, 31, 38, 45

LEO  4, 17, 21, 32, 46, 40

VIRGO  5, 11, 23, 25, 40, 46

LIBRA  7, 11, 20, 25, 33, 45

SCORPIO  3, 18, 26, 34, 38, 49

SAGITTARIUS  2, 16, 23, 27, 35, 41

CAPRICORN  5, 19, 24, 33, 39, 43

AQUARIUS  6, 11, 21, 30, 43, 47

PISCES  2, 5, 13, 27, 38, 45

TODAY’S CHINESE PROVERB: Steal a bell with one’s ears covered.

TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness. – James Thurber.

TODAY’S WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD: A snake deserves no pity. – Yiddish proverb.

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