Monday, 05 October 2020

Pretoria: South Africa has recorded over 17 000 COVID-19 deaths after 40 more people succumbed to the respiratory disease on Monday.

Of the latest fatalities, 14 are from the Free State, 12 from the Eastern Cape, five each from Gauteng and Mpumalanga, and four from the Western Cape – bringing the toll to 17 016.

Meanwhile, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 682 215 after 926 people contracted the virus since the last report.

Gauteng remains the epicentre with 221 061 cases since the outbreak, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 119 694, the Western Cape 111 517 and the Eastern Cape 89 964.

The Free State has 48 662 cases, the North West 29 979, Mpumalanga 27 625, the Northern Cape 17 876 and Limpopo 15 837.

“Our recoveries now stand at 615 684, which translates to a recovery rate of 90%,” said Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

The information is based on 4 280 340 tests conducted, 10 714 of which were performed in the last 24 hours.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of new cases per week has remained stable at two million for the past three weeks.

Meanwhile, over one million deaths have now been reported globally, the of which majority were reported in the region of the Americas (55%), followed by Europe (23%).

“In the past week, the regions of the Americas, South-East Asia and Europe account for 91% of new cases,” the latest WHO report stated.

The highest percentage of cases has been reported in the 25 – 39 age group, with about 50% of cases in the 25 – 64 age group.

“However, the percentage of deaths increases with age, and approximately 75% of deaths are in those aged 65 years and above.”

South Africa and Ethiopia continue to report the highest numbers of new cases in Africa, followed by Mozambique, Uganda and Nigeria.

“Africa has seen a continuous decline in case incidence since mid-July; however, this trend is now slowing,” said WHO.

For the first week since early August, the number of new deaths has risen – led by South Africa with a 29% increase in deaths in the past week.

South Africa also has the second-highest mortality rate on the continent with 11 461 deaths per one million population.

“Gauteng and the Western Cape have reported the most cases and deaths to date. However, these regions, as well as the country itself, have maintained sustained declines in the daily incidence since the end of July.

“Despite this, weekly case numbers have continued to rise in less populated provinces,” WHO said.

A WHO surge team of experts, including infectious disease specialists and epidemiologists, will continue to work with the Department of Health.

Globally, there have been 35 109 317 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1 035 341 deaths reported.