Cases in SA spike by 12 204, death toll soars to 6 655


The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Saturday 25 July that SA’s cumulative caseload now stands at 434 200 along with 263 054 recoveries.

COVID-19 in South Africa: Friday 25 July 2020

As per the Department of Health, South Africa recorded an increase of 12 204 new cases since Friday, when SA’s caseload stood at 421 966 after a spike of 13 944 cases.

In addition, 263 054 citizens have recovered, which brings the recovery rate to 60.6%. Minister Mkhize also reports that 312 patients have lost the battle against COVID-19 during the past 24 hours.

The new cases are 44 from the Eastern Cape, 209 from Gauteng, 37 from KwaZulu Natal, 18 from the Western Cape and four from the Northern Cape. This brings the total death toll in South Africa to 6 655.

Lastly, testing: To date, 2 730 812 tests have been conducted in South Africa since the outbreak of the pandemic, with 46 324 tests carried out within the last 24 hours; 19 365 in the public sector and 26 959 in the private sector.

Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases

New cases, deaths and recoveries by province

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

Province Total Cases Deaths Recoveries
Gauteng 153 020 1 326 82 126
Western Cape 90 011 2 827 73 897
KwaZulu Natal 57 162 565 18 786
Free State 14 542 63 1 873
Eastern Cape 71 338 1 406 55 692
Limpopo 6 394 33 3 022
Mpumalanga 9 756 52 4 403
North West 16 548 48 4 795
Northern Cape 3 175 23 1 177
Unallocated 50 0 0

COVID-19 self-testing kits not without faults

Both the SA Medical Technology Industry Association (SAMED) and the Southern African Laboratory Diagnostics Association (SALDA) spoke out against the efficacy of COVID-19 self-testing kits.

As the huge demand from diagnostic and monitoring tests continues to increase, the supply of self-testing kits began to fill a gap in the market. However, the public is warned against the use of these kits.

SALDA’s Executive Officer, Sarah Cohen, explained that “all testing for COVID-19 should be done by healthcare professionals”. In addition, these tests should be carried out in an accredited laboratory or approved facility.

SAMED chairperson, Avanthi Govender-Bester, explained why:

“Our knowledge about how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted, how long a person is infectious to others, the building of antibodies and immunity and optimal treatment choices is still limited,” SAMED chairperson, Avanthi Govender-Bester, said.

Global COVID-19 news

On Saturday, the global caseload tipped over the 16-million mark, with 16 061 116 confirmed cases being recorded worldwide since the virus broke out back in December 2020. The novel coronavirus is now affecting 213 countries and territories.

Out of the total confirmed cases, 9 820 255 patients have recovered, while 644 995 individual succumbed to the disease. South Africa is currently the fifth-hardest hit country in the world, with Mexico and Peru right behind.

Ahead of us on the charts are Russia with a caseload of 806 720 confirmed cases, India with 1 383 779, Brazil with 2 348 200 and the United States, the hardest hit country in the world, with 4 278 067 confirmed cases and 148 967 deaths.

COVID-19 Top 10 sorted by death toll:

Critical refers to the amount of patients currently in a critical condition. South Africa is currently 17th on the list in terms of death toll.

Country Death Toll Recoveries Active Critical Total cases
USA 148 967 2 036 752 2 092 348 19 069 4 278 067
Brazil 85 385 1 592 281 670 534 8 318 2 348 200
UK 45 738 N/A N/A 110 298 681
Mexico 42 645 242 692 92 948 3 889 378 285
Italy 35 102 198 320 12 442 41 245 864
India 32 087 884 654 467 038 8 944 1 383 779
France 30 192 80 815 69 521 410 180 528
Spain 28 432 N/A N/A 617 319 501
Peru 17 843 259 423 98 695 1 389 375 961
Iran 15 484 251 319 22 036 3 670 288 839

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