South Africa has hit a number of concerning landmarks in its tracking of the spread of the coronavirus – including the largest daily jump in cases seen to-date, and two further provinces hitting over 10,000 cases.
According to the latest figures published by the health department and health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, as of 14 June 2020, the country has 70,038 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
This reflects a daily jump of 4,302 new cases from the 65,736 infections on Saturday when the country recorded 3,809 new cases.
The minister announced 57 new deaths, to 1,480 total casualties, while recoveries increased to 38,531, which translates to a recovery rate of 55%.
On the balance of cases which have an outcome (deaths and recoveries) the country has 30,027 active cases which are still ongoing.
Of note are the increase in cases in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape, which have now surpassed the 10,000 infection mark – though active cases are lower, with Gauteng having 3,207 recoveries, and the Eastern Cape with 5,244 recoveries.
This represents 7,957 and 4,783 active cases, respectively.
Cases in the central Gauteng region, which includes Johannesburg, the largest city, and Pretoria, the capital, continue to surge, rising at the fastest pace among nine provinces, Bloomberg reported.
The Western Cape, however, remains the hardest-hit province.
The Western Cape reports 42,539 Covid-19 cases – accounting for almost two-thirds (61%) of the country’s total cases.
The province has also reported a total 1,083 deaths – accounting for more than 73% of the country’s total deaths.
Regionally, the City of Cape Town is still the hardest hit by the pandemic, accounting for the majority of the cases in the province (74%) and almost half (45%) of the country’s total.
The below maps show the province’s coronavirus ‘hotspots’ as of 14 June. For the full sub-district breakdown on the City of Cape Town’s coronavirus dashboard.
As at 14 June 2020, Gauteng accounts for 11,164 or 15.9% of all Covid-19 cases in the country. 565 people are currently hospitalised due to the virus.
Regionally, the City of Johannesburg accounts for the biggest portion of cases in the province, with the latest district data showing the metro accounting for 5,545 cases – half of all confirmed cases in the province.
This is followed by the City of Ekurhuleni (2,234 cases), and the City of Tshwane (1,543 cases).
The rise of coronavirus cases in Gauteng is alarming, having doubled in the seven days to 12 June. This has been marked by an increase in public servants on the front lines of the virus, including health professionals.
It also comes as schools across the country have reopened, with Gauteng in particular having had to close 56 institutions during the week due to reported infections among staff and pupils.
The tables below outline the regions most affected:
— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) June 15, 2020