Confirmed cases in SA rise to 7 808, death toll now at 153


The Health Ministry on Tuesday 6 May, announced that the confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have now risen to 7 572. This is an increase of 352; total number of confirmed cases stood at 7 572 on Tuesday 5 May.  

Mkhize also announced the latest death toll of 153, which is an increase of 5 as it stood at 148 on Tuesday.

Regrettably, we report 5 more COVID-19-related deaths: 2 from Western Cape, 1 from Limpopo, and 2 from KwaZulu-Natal

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 cases by province

At the time of publishing, the Western Cape still has the most confirmed cases with a total of 3 760, followed by Gauteng with 1 720 cases, KwaZulu-Natal with 1 189 and Eastern Cape with 849.

In addition, 130 cases have thus far been confirmed for the Free State, along with 40 confirmed cases in Limpopo, 57 cases in Mpumalanga, 26 cases in the Northern Cape and 37 cases in North West. 

COVID-19 confirmed cases by province

The following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been detected in each province as of Wednesday: 

  • Gauteng – 1 720
  • Western Cape – 3 760
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 1 189
  • Free State – 130
  • Eastern Cape – 849
  • Limpopo – 40
  • Mpumalanga – 57
  • North West – 37
  • Northern Cape – 26
  • Unknown – 0 cases

Test and screening

As of today, a total of 279 379 tests have been conducted, of which 11 315 were done in the last 24 hours.

COVID-19 deaths per province

The latest COVID-19 death toll in each province, according to Mkhize is as follows: 

  • Gauteng – 38
  • Western Cape – 73
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 38
  • Free State – 6
  • Eastern Cape – 18
  • Limpopo – 3
  • Mpumalanga – 0
  • North West – 0
  • Northern Cape – 0

COVID-19 recoveries per province

As per the Health Ministry, there have been 3 153 recoveries. The provincial breakdown is as follows:

  • Gauteng – 1036
  • Western Cape – 1122
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 420
  • Free State – 102
  • Eastern Cape – 388
  • Limpopo – 27
  • Mpumalanga – 22
  • North West – 20
  • Northern Cape – 16

Global statistics

On Wednesday 5 May, global cases stand at 3 778 012; and 261 243 deaths. More than 1 275 321 people have recovered from the virus since the first cases were recorded in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

The WHO predicts that the length of the pandemic will likely be another two years as approximately 60% to 70% of the population has to reach a critical threshold of herd immunity to halt the pandemic.

The USA has been hit the hardest, with 1 244 302 confirmed cases and 72 867 confirmed deaths at the time of publishing. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump went against doctors’ advice to say that a vaccine will be ready soon, even though we could wait up to 12 or 18 months.

“I think we’re going to have a vaccine by the end of the year. The doctors would say, well you shouldn’t say that. I’ll say what I think… I think we’ll a vaccine sooner rather than later.”





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