Friday, 08 May 2020
Pretoria: As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 8895.
Provincial breakdown Case Data:
|Province||Total cases for 8 May 2020|
A total of 307 752 tests have been conducted to date with 15 599 tests done in the past 24 hours
As of 05 May 2020, 8 216 605 citizens have been screened across the country. As of 7th May 2020 435 patients were in hospital of which 45 were in high care, 77 were in ICU and, of those, 40 were being ventilated. The hospitalization rate remains at 5% of all COVID-19 diagnosed patients.
Reported COVID-19 Deaths:
Regrettably, 17 more COVID-19 related deaths have been confirmed: 3 from Eastern Cape, 3 from Gauteng, 2 from KZN and 9 from Western Cape. This brings the total national deaths to 178.
There has been a delay in reporting some of these deaths due to the stringent verification processes that had been undertaken.
The provincial deaths breakdown is as follows:
Upcoming Visits to the Eastern Cape and Western Cape
“As I indicated earlier this week in Rustenburg, we will be embarking on oversight visits to the Eastern Cape and Western Cape this weekend. These will be followed by Presidential visits to both provinces later next week,” said Minister of Health; Dr Zweli Mkhize.
The provinces have recorded the two highest new cases in the past 24 hours with Western Cape accounting for 76% of new cases and the Eastern Cape accounting for 9% of new cases.
In addition, the Western Cape has just over 50% of the COVID-19 burden in South Africa, recording the highest deaths as well.
“With interprovincial movement between these provinces being an issue, it will be crucial for us to understand the dynamics driving the epidemic in this region and assist where necessary. We know that a lot of good work has been done by the leadership of these provinces. We also acknowledge the commitment and hard work of our health professionals and frontline workers, both in public and private sectors,” said Dr Mkhize.