COVID-19 latest: Confirmed cases in SA now exceed 30 000


COVID-19 update: Saturday, 30 May 2020


Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Twitter that the number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stand at 30 967; an increase of 1 727 since Friday 29 May 2020.


Deaths also increased by 32, standing at a total of 642. A total of 16 116 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize added:


"The total number of deaths is 643 and recoveries to date are 16 116 which translates to a recovery rate of 52%."Health Minister Zweli Mkhize


As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed #COVID19 cases in South Africa is 30 967, the total number of deaths is 643 and recoveries to date are 16 116 which translates to a recovery rate of 52%. pic.twitter.com/9O7fuvG2m4— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) May 30, 2020


#COVID19 Statistics in South Africa as at 30 May 2020. pic.twitter.com/bF9hZCHS4D— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) May 30, 2020

Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases

New cases, deaths and recoveries by province


The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:

ProvinceTotal CasesNew CasesTotal DeathsTotal Recoveries
Gauteng3773190312 035
Western Cape20 160125446510 508
KwaZulu Natal2 47648521 180
Free State261308123
Eastern Cape3 759172821 987
Limpopo17333140
Mpumalanga1131067
North West16219145
Northern Cape575131
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Tests and screening


As of today:

  1. A total of 701 883 tests have been conducted, of which 21 708 were done in the last 24 hours.

  2. The total number of tests conducted in the private sector stands at 347 508, of which 11 674 were done in the last 24 hours.[*]In addition, 354 375 tests were conducted in the public sector, with 10 034 being done within the last 24 hours.


World Health Tobacco Day


To "commemorate and highlight" the theme of this year's World Tobacco Day – Tobacco Exposed –, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize will lead a virtual meeting on Sunday from 11:00 to 13:30. Presenters include:

  1. Deputy Minister of Health: Dr Joe Phaala



  1. Human Science and Research Council: Dr Sibusiso Sifunda



  1. Tobacco Free Generation: Mr Sam Ntshegang



  1. Tobacco Control Co-ordinating Committee: Savera Kalideen



  1. Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids; Ms Zanele Mthembu



  1. World Health Organisation: Dr Owen Kaluwa



Global COVID-19 news


Today, global figures exceed 6 million, with 368 992 deaths and 2 707 829 recoveries at the time of publishing. America currently has the highest stats: 1 807 365 cases, 105 126 deaths and 527 995 recoveries


US President Donald Trump made headlines on Saturday after severing ties with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The European Union said in a statement:


"Now is the time for enhanced cooperation and common solutions. Actions that weaken international results must be avoided."


The EU also urged Washington to reconsider its decision to permanently cut funding to the WHO over its handling of the pandemic. America was WHO's biggest contributor, supplying $400 million (R7 billion) in 2019.

Also read – Mkhize cites backlog of over 96 000 COVID-19 tests