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
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