NEWS & ANALYSIS

1 134 new cases of Covid-19 – Zweli Mkhize

Health Minister says number of deaths has now risen to 369, after 30 more die

Minister Zweli Mkhize confirms total of 19 137 cases of coronavirus Covid-19 in SA

21 May 2020

As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 19 137.

Case Data

Province

Total cases for 21 May 2020

Percentage total

Eastern Cape

2324

12,1

Free State

184

1,0

Gauteng

2453

12,8

KwaZulu-Natal

1693

8,8

Limpopo

121

0,6

Mpumalanga

95

0,5

North West

77

0,4

Northern Cape

37

0,2

Western Cape

12153

63,5

Unknown

0

0,0

Total

19 137

100,0

Testing Data

A total of 525 433 tests have been conducted to date with 18 572 tests done in the past 24 hours

Sector

Total tested

 

New tested

 

Private

257 003

49%

11 371

61%

Public

268 430

51%

7 201

39%

Grand Total

525 433

 

18 572

 

Regrettably, we report 30 more COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 369

We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients.

The provincial breakdown is as follows: 

Province

Deaths

Eastern Cape

50

Free State

6

Gauteng

27

KwaZulu Natal

46

Limpopo

3

Mpumalanga

0

North West

1

Northern Cape

1

Western Cape

235

Total

369

Previous:

Update on Covid-19 (20th May 2020)

As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 18 003

Case Data

Province

Total cases for 20 May 2020

Percentage total

Eastern Cape

2215

12,3

Free State

180

1,0

Gauteng

2400

13,3

KwaZulu-Natal

1650

9,2

Limpopo

93

0,5

Mpumalanga

93

0,5

North West

72

0,4

Northern Cape

38

0,2

Western Cape

11262

62,6

Unknown

0

0,0

Total

18003

100,0

Testing Data
A total of 505 861 tests have been conducted with 18 252 done in the last 24 hour cycle

Reported Deaths and Recoveries
Regrettably we report a further 27 COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 339

Sadly we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to COVID-19- this was a 2 day old baby that was born prematurely and therefore had lung difficulties which required ventilation support immediately after birth. The mother had tested positive for COVID-19 and the child subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 as well. It is important to appreciate the complexities of the underlying condition of prematurity.

We extend a special word of comfort to the mother of this child and salute the neonatologists, nurses and all allied and technical personnel who had the difficult task of caring for the neonate to the end.

We are also devastated to have registered the death of a health care worker in the Western Cape.

When COVID-19 claims the lives of the very people who are the bedrock of the national response, we feel the loss in so many ways.

I want to send a special tribute to the health care workers who continue to serve with honour and compassion, despite the real risks they face in the frontline. My heart goes out to the family, colleagues and loved ones of this compatriot: we salute her for the contribution she has made to the fight against COVID-19.

We wish to express our condolences to all the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who cared for the deceased

The total number of recoveries to date is 8950.

Provincial Breakdown:
Province

Deaths

Recoveries

Eastern Cape

45

1036

Free State

6

118

Gauteng

27

1694

KwaZulu Natal

46

842

Limpopo

3

42

Mpumalanga

0

58

North West

1

28

Northern Cape

1

27

Western Cape

210

5105

Total

339

8950

Gender and Age Distribution of Deaths:

Distribution of Deaths by Age:

Age

Deaths

Percentage (%)

0-9

1

0,3

10-19

0

20-29

1

0,3

30-39

18

5,3

40-49

44

13

50-59

74

21,8

60-69

91

26,8

70-79

70

20,7

80-89

32

9,4

90-99

8

2,4

Total

339

100

 

Distribution of Deaths by Gender:

Male (%)

Female (%)

Total

184 (54,3%)

155 (45,7%)

334

Issued by Zwelini Mkhize, Minister of Health, Department of Health, 21 May 2020