Here are the deaths by age in South Africa’s coronavirus hotspots

The latest data from the Department of Health shows a clear correlation between age and the coronavirus mortality rate.

As of 24 June, the country has a total of 2,205 deaths – a mortality rate of 2%. The majority of these deaths were reported in the 50+ age group.

Around a quarter (26.3%) of deaths (581 cases) were reported in the 60-69 age group, while 24.1% of deaths (529 cases) were reported in the 50-59 age group.

By comparison, less than a quarter of the country’s total reported deaths were under the age of 50.

Data from the Department of Health shows a more detailed view of how the country ‘s coronavirus deaths by age.

Age Deaths Percentage
0-9 3 0.1%
10-19 5 0.2%
20-29 30 1.4%
30-39 127 5.8%
40-49 280 12.7%
50-59 529 24.1%
60-69 581 26.3%
70-79 392 17.8%
80-89 190 8.6%
90-99 55 2.5%
100 – 109 1 0.0%
Unknown 12 0.5%

Western Cape

In the Western Cape, which accounts for 72.5% of all casualties, the data is largely in line with national trends when it comes to age and mortality.

While most of the cases have been reported in the 31-40 range, the majority of deaths occur in the 50+ range. The province has reported 415 deaths in the 51-60 age range, while 417 deaths have been reported in the 61-70 age range.

By comparison, fewer than 350 cases have been in the under-50 age range.

Age Deaths Percentage
0-5 3 0.2%
6-20 4 0.24%
21-30 33 2.0%
31-40 98 6.0%
41-50 201 12.4%
51-60 415 25.6%
61-70 417 25.7%
71-80 278 17.1%
80+ 170 10.5%

When looking at geographical data, the Western Cape has reported the most Covid-19 cases 55,162 at 49.3%. It is followed by Gauteng (23.4%) and the Eastern Cape (17.2%).

Speaking at the opening of a new field hospital in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday (23 June), health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that government has studied the unique dynamics in each province and believes that some areas see an earlier peak in cases than others.

Mkhize said provinces, such as the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, now have well-established cluster outbreaks that are driving a surge, and will likely peak first before other provinces.

“In these instances, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation were the biggest weaknesses and the Western Cape, in particular, is having serious challenges in the reluctance of community members to go into quarantine and isolation,” he said.

“In addition, the close economic and social interconnectedness of the Eastern and Western Capes adds complexity to an already volatile epidemiological picture.”

Premier Alan Winde said that as of 24 June, the Western Cape had 14,837 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 54,835 confirmed cases, and 38,433 recoveries.

The City of Cape Town accounts for nearly 43,000 of the total infections, with Tygerberg, Khayelitsha and Klipfontein making up more than half of that total.

The below graphs show the areas with the most cases.


The latest mortality data from Gauteng shows that the bulk of Covid-19 fatalities in the province is among the 60-69 age group.

The data, which is from 22 June, shows that 29.1% of deaths in the province fall into this age range. It is followed by the 70-79 age group (22.7%)  and the 50-59 age group (19.1%).

In line with national statistics, less than 20% of deaths have been reported in people under the age of 50.

Age Deaths Percentage
0-9 0 0.0%
10-19 0 0.0%
20-29 4 2.8%
30-39 13 9.2%
40-49 9 6.4%
50-59 27 19.1%
60-69 41 29.1%
70-79 32 22.7%
80-89 10 7.1%
90-99 4 2.8%
Unknown 1 0.7%

As of 24 June 2020, Gauteng accounts for 26,156 or 23.4% of all Covid-19 cases in the country.

In a media briefing on Thursday, the Gauteng government showed that the majority of these cases are Johannesburg (7,899), followed by Ekurhuleni (3,192) and Tshwane (2,357).

The Johannesburg sub-district with has reported the most cases is CoJ F, which comprises of Johannesburg South and the inner-city.

This is followed by CoJ D, which comprises of Doornkop, Soweto, Dobsonville and Protea Glen.

Read: South Africa projected to have 408,000 coronavirus cases by mid-July

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Here are the deaths by age in South Africa’s coronavirus hotspots