COVID-19 UPDATe

As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 17 200.

Case Data

ProvinceTotal cases for 19 May 2020Percentage total
Eastern Cape213512,4
Free State1681,0
Gauteng236113,7
KwaZulu-Natal16169,4
Limpopo940,5
Mpumalanga780,5
North West720,4
Northern Cape370,2
Western Cape1063961,9
Unknown00,0
Total17200100,0

Testing Data

488 609 have been conducted with 13 538 done in the last 24 hour cycle.

SectorTotal testedNew tested
Private235 81048%5 74342%
Public252 79952%7 79558%
Grand Total488 60913 538

Reported Deaths and Recoveries

Regrettably we report a further 26 COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 312

Sadly, Northern Cape has reported its first death.

We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who cared for the deceased

The total number of recoveries to date is 7960.

Provincial Breakdown:

ProvinceDeathsRecoveries
Eastern Cape41839
Free State6118
Gauteng271671
KwaZulu Natal46818
Limpopo339
Mpumalanga057
North West128
Northern Cape127
Western Cape1874363
Total3127960

Gender and Age Distribution of Deaths:

Distribution of Deaths by Gender:

 Male (%) Female (%) Total
172 (55.5%)140 (44.5%)312

Distribution of Deaths by Age:

 Age Deaths Percentage (%)
0-90
10-190
20-2910,3
30-39185,8
40-494213,4
50-596821,8
60-698426,9
70-796219,9
80-89299,3
90-9982,6
Total312100

Covid Update 18 May

Media Release
18 May 2020


As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 16 433.

Case Data

ProvinceTotal cases for 18 May 2020Percentage total
Eastern Cape205212,5
Free State1631,0
Gauteng234314,3
KwaZulu-Natal15679,5
Limpopo880,5
Mpumalanga760,5
North West720,4
Northern Cape370,2
Western Cape1003561,1
Unknown00,0
Total16 433100,0

Testing Data
475 071 have been conducted with 14 198 done in the last 24 hour cycle

Reported Deaths and Recoveries
Regrettably we report a further 22 COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 286


We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who cared for the deceased


The total number of recoveries to date is 7 298.

Provincial Breakdown:

SectorTotal testedNew tested
PRIVATE230 06748%6 44945%
PUBLIC245 00452%7 74955%
Grand Total475 07114 198
ProvinceDeathsRecoveries
Eastern Cape39839
Free State6108
Gauteng261657
KwaZulu Natal45818
Limpopo337
Mpumalanga053
North West128
Northern Cape027
Western Cape1663731
Total2867298

Gender and Age Distribution of Deaths:

Distribution of Deaths by Gender:

Male (%)Female (%)Total
160126286

Distribution of Deaths by Age:

AgeDeathsPercentage (%)
0-90
10-190
20-2910,3
30-39155,3
40-493612,6
50-596422,4
60-697526,2
70-795920,6
80-89289,8
90-9982,8
Total286100

As we prepare for the easing of lockdown regulations high risk age groups and those with co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac disease, obesity and people living with HIV must take extra precautions and necessary steps to avoid possible exposure to COVID-19.


Dr Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health
Ends…

Pirates’ Palacios outlines measures to bring back the PSL

t would be a means, as much as anything, of easing the widespread depression and lowering morale that has gripped the country as a result of the deadly coronavirus and its lockdown restrictions.

This is the view of former Peruvian World Cup player and Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates coach, Augusto Palacios, in calling for the resumption of the PSL’s halted competitions – probably sometime in June.

Palacios, currently the Orlando Pirates development director, stresses that any resumption at this stage would need to take place without spectators present, but for the many millions of soccer followers throughout the country – and others with only a casual interest in football – this would be off-set to a considerable degree by the games being televised, while helping take thoughts briefly from the grim crisis that has spread through the country.

“I see depression, low morale and even fear wherever I look,” added the cosmopolitan Pirates development director, “and the resumption of soccer would take the minds of many from the wider issues with which they are faced – if only briefly.”

The urbane Palacios, nevertheless, stressed that any return of games would need to be implemented under strict rules, which include:

– An agreement between the PSL and soccer controlling body SAFA that would receive the approval and consent of the Government.

–  All players and officials to be tested for the coronavirus, with those testing positive not eligible to participate.

– A system, with government consent, allowing for a limited relaxation in the travelling of teams.

–  The extension of substitutes from the standard maximum of three per game to

five – implemented by FIFA as a temporary arrangement.

– A minimum number of officials and workers allowed at games.

In addition, attention needs to be focussed on the leagues expected to be resumed shortly in some European countries as a guide to the process.

Palacios said he had confidence in the PSL’s top administration to devise a plan that would fall in line with government’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus pandemic – and lift the spirits of many who are understandably overwhelmed by their current problems.

“From a purely soccer point of view,” added the Pirates development director, “it would eliminate the potentially unsatisfactory and undesirable situation of abandoning the season without a champion club or one appointed artificially and thereby arousing much controversy.”

And with this in mind, it is worth noting that Kaizer Chiefs, with a four-point lead at the top of the log over defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, but having played an extra game, stand out as the top, intriguing contenders.

Sy Lerman News24

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