COVID-19 latest: Cases jump by 918, deaths increase to 286

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Monday 18 May that the number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa had increased to 16 433.


This is an increase of 918 cases since Sunday, with the health minister also announcing that a further 22 people had died of the virus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 286.


The total number of tests completed to date stands at 475 071 with 14 198 tests completed in the past 24-hours.


Mkhize also announced that 7 298 people had recovered from the virus.

Provincial breakdown 


The following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been detected in each province as of Monday 18 May: 

  1. Gauteng – 2 343 cases;

  2. Western Cape – 10 035 cases; [*]KwaZulu-Natal – 1 567cases; [*]Free State – 163 cases; [*]Eastern Cape – 2 052 cases; [*]Limpopo – 88 cases; [*]Mpumalanga – 76 cases; [*]North West – 72 cases; [*]Northern Cape – 37 cases; and [*]Unknown – 0 cases.

This is a developing story.