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|
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:
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.