Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Pretoria: As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 76 334.

Provincial Case Data

Province Total cases for 16 June 2020 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 11039 14,5
Free State 578 0,8
Gauteng 13023 17,1
KwaZulu-Natal 4048 5,3
Limpopo 391 0,5
Mpumalanga 343 0,4
North West 1281 1,7
Northern Cape 211 0,3
Western Cape 45357 59,4
Unknown 63 0,1
Total 76334 100,0

Reported COVID-19 Deaths and Recoveries:

Regrettably, a further 57 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: 44 from Western Cape, 9 from the Eastern Cape, and 4 from KwaZulu Natal.

This brings the total national deaths to 1625 with a mortality rate of 2,1%.

The recoveries to date are 42 063 and this translates to a recovery rate of 55,1%

The provincial deaths and recoveries breakdown is as follows:

Province Deaths Recoveries
Eastern Cape 245 5475
Free State 9 222
Gauteng 87 3442
KwaZulu Natal 73 2133
Limpopo 4 213
Mpumalanga 1 138
North West 5 152
Northern Cape 1 52
Western Cape 1200 30236
Total 1625 42063

Breakthrough in COVID-19 therapeutics research

“We are extremely excited that there has been an important breakthrough in one of the therapeutic trials for COVID-19 management. The RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 therapy) trial has published results on the therapeutic merits of low dose dexamethasone which are extremely promising and are easily implementable in our country,”

“Dexamethasone is a well known and widely used steroid which has potent anti-inflammatory properties. It is used in allergic reactions, asthma and other conditions where the inflammatory component of the disease needs to be controlled for better outcomes,”

“We are very pleased that the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 has issued an advisory pertaining to the clinical applications of these breaking study results.” said Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize.