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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (3 May 2021)

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LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA (3 May 2021)

As of the 3rd of May 2021 the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 584 961.

ProvinceTotal cases for 03 May 2021Percentage total
Eastern Cape196 12212,4
Free State89 6275,7
Gauteng424 63926,8
KwaZulu-Natal336 78621,2
Limpopo63 9584,0
Mpumalanga78 3664,9
North West67 9204,3
Northern Cape40 4882,6
Western Cape287 05518,1
Unknown00,0
Total1 584 961100,0

Testing Data

The number of tests conducted to date is 10 715 773. Of these 16 752 tests were conducted since the last report.

SectorTotal tested New tested 
PRIVATE6 002 77956%9 47757%
PUBLIC4 712 99444%7 27543%
Total10 715 773 16 752 

Deaths and Recoveries

35 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 2, Free State 6, Gauteng 7, KwaZulu-Natal 16, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 1, North West 0, Northern Cape 2 and Western Cape 1, which brings the total to 54 452 deaths. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients,said Dr Zweli Mkhize.

The cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 508 558, representing a recovery rate of 95%.

ProvinceTotal DeathsTotal RecoveriesActive Cases
Eastern Cape11 570184 382170
Free State3 88682 0973 644
Gauteng10 671410 9363 032
KwaZulu-Natal10 404321 0385 344
Limpopo2 27261 424262
Mpumalanga1 39776 295674
North West1 72563 1363 059
Northern Cape90035 7423 846
Western Cape11 627273 5081 920
Total54 4521 508 55821 951

Vaccination Rollout

The number of Health Care Workers Vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol to date is 329 098.

Concerns Regarding the B.1.617 Variant Circulating in India (and Other Variants)

“We have noted the concerns raised both directly with us and on social media regarding possible importation of the B.1.617 variant circulating in India. This is appreciated with the context of knowing that there are several variants of concern (VOC’s) circulating around the world.

We wish to reassure citizens that there are no direct flights from India and that all our ports of entry employ stringent containment procedures to minimise the importation of COVID-19. We are currently on high alert to screen passengers and test those who require further assessment.

We have not detected the B.1.617 variant as yet in South Africa, however, we have consulted members of the the genomics team who have informed us that they they have intensified their surveillance not only to ensure that variant can be detected quickly but also to understand what the implications are for us in the context of B.1.351 being the dominant variant in South Africa. This work is ongoing and we commit to continue to be guided by science.

Meanwhile, we have also consulted the Ministerial Advisory Committee to advise us on the approach to management of travelers from countries that have epidemics driven by variants of concern. Their advise will assist us to determine the next steps forward, of which government will announce these determinations in due course.

For now we ask for calm to prevail as we continue to adhere to the health protocols, tighten containment measures at our ports of entry and keep a balance as we maintain economic activity.”

said Dr. Zwelini Mkhize

Minister of Health

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