COVID-19 latest: SA infection rate drops while KZN death toll increases

South Africa currently has a cumulative caseload of 1 423 578 along with 41 797 deaths and 1 254 674 recoveries.

COVID-19 latest: SA infection rate drops while KZN death toll increases

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 6 041 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 41 797 with recoveries at 1 254 674.

COVID-19 update: 26 January 2021

Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 6 041 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (4 551 new cases on 25 January). Unfortunately, we also lost 680 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 86 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 28 from the Free State, 141 from Gauteng, 306 from KwaZulu-Natal, 4 from Limpopo, 18 from Mpumalanga, 2 from Northern Cape and 95 from the Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry conducted 8 058 768 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 39 529 were done during the past 24 hours: 24 738 at public facilities and 14 791 at private facilities.

Breakdown of new COVID-19 cases

New cases, deaths and recoveries by province

The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:

ProvinceTotal Cases in South AfricaTotal DeathsTotal RecoveriesActive Cases currently
Gauteng382 9077 816357 99717 094
Western Cape266 0299 996233 79822 235
KwaZulu-Natal306 2347 738251 87146 625
Free State74 4132 67162 2409 502
Eastern Cape190 83310 223177 3883 222
Limpopo55 3841 02749 2525 105
Mpumalanga61 386896 55 4775 013
North West55 23887740 47313 888
Northern Cape31 15455326 1784 423

COVID-19 updates: South Africa

SA’s vaccine rollout is set to start on on 25 January in Gauteng, with the province aiming to vaccinate more than 10.72 million people. Dumisani Malele, Head of medical supplies in the Gauteng Department of Health, said:

“National [government] has informed us that probably by the end of this week we will be able to get our vaccine and our plan is to start the vaccinations by the first of February, depending on the availability and when the vaccine comes in”.

On Tuesday, members of Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa) gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to stage a peaceful protest and deliver a memorandum to have the alcohol ban lifted.

asa chief executive Wendy Alberts told Mercury News that approximately 4 000 restaurants out of the 11 000 restaurants in South Africa closed as a result. An estimated 500 000 jobs had been lost as well.

“There are loads of restaurant doors closing forever and hundreds of thousands of people are being retrenched, including those working in the value-added to the sector […] Our suppliers, bakers, bread makers and taxi drivers are all affected”.

Read more here: Restaurant Association deliver memo to lift alcohol sales ban

Global statistics

At the time of publishing, the global caseload currently stands at 100,616,430 as of Tuesday 26 January 2021, along with 2,160,018 recorded deaths and 72,580,585 recoveries.

The USA has a caseload of 25,917,597 confirmed cases, along with 433,175 total deaths and 15,659,994 recoveries. More than 56,000 new cases were recorded over the last 24 hours.

Also in the top five is worst-affected countries is India with a caseload of 10,689,268 while Brazil has a caseload of 8,881,853, Russia with 3,756,931 and the UK with 3,756,931.

France, which used to occupy the fifth spot, dropped down to sixth place. South Africa is currently 15th on the list, preceded by Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Turkey.

Also read: COVID-19: ‘Vaccine nationalism’ could cost the global economy – WHO

Source : The South African More