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.
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.
GLOBAL COVID-19 STATISTICS
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.