Pretoria: As of today, a cumulative total of 394 948 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded.

Provincial Case Data

Province Total cases for 22 July 2020 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 67818 17,2
Free State 12332 3,1
Gauteng 144582 36,6
KwaZulu-Natal 50521 12,8
Limpopo 5712 1,4
Mpumalanga 8286 2,1
North West 15073 3,8
Northern Cape 2727 0,7
Western Cape 87847 22,2
Unknown 50 0,0
Total 394948 100,0

Testing Data

The total number of tests conducted to date is 2 585 474 with 48 553 new tests conducted since the last report.

Reported Deaths and Recoveries

Regrettably, 572 new COVID-19 related deaths have been reported. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 5 940.

The number of recoveries currently stands at 229 175 which translates to a recovery rate of 58%

The provincial deaths and recoveries breakdown is as follows:

Province Deaths Recoveries
Eastern Cape 1345 49938
Free State 62 1315
Gauteng 1156 77397
KwaZulu-Natal 477 18067
Limpopo 33 2518
Mpumalanga 52 3435
North West 48 3914
Northern Cape 15 1100
Western Cape 2752 71491
Total 5940 229175

It was reported on Wednesday that the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, chastened the Eastern Cape for under-reporting deaths during his visit in the province.

“MEC, I’m going to ask your team to continue to report deaths as they come and don’t wait or say you haven’t found all of them. You’ll never find them all. Just give us the report of the deaths on a daily basis,” Mkhize said to Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.

While he said he understood that there were challenges, he urged the provincial health department not to go by a day without accounting for COVID-19 deaths as it breeds misrepresentation.

“It does give us a bit of distortion. You suddenly do not have deaths for one day then afterwards you have 400 deaths. It becomes the problem in terms of understanding the distribution.” he stressed.

According to the World Health Organisation, there are 14 765 256 cases and 612 054 deaths worldwide.