COVID-19 latest: Cases in SA at 92 681, death toll now at 1 877

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, on Saturday 20 June, announced that the confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have risen to 92 681


This is an increase of 4 966, as the total number of confirmed cases stood at  87 715 on Friday 19 June. 


Mkhize announced an updated death toll of 1 877. This is an increase of 46 as it stood at 1 831 on Friday 19 June. 


"Regrettably, we report a further 46 COVID-19 related deaths – 11 from the Eastern Cape, three from KwaZulu-Natal and 32 from the Western Cape."Health Minister Zweli Mkhize


The mortality rate is 2.0%.


A total of 1 293 608 tests have been conducted to date with 33 174 new tests reported. There have been 50 326 recoveries thus far. 

LATEST COVID-19 CASES BY PROVINCE AS OF SATURDAY 20 JUNE


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

  1. Eastern Cape – 14 721 cases;

  2. Free State – 700 cases; [*]Gauteng – 18 978 cases; [*]KwaZulu-Natal – 4 806 cases; [*]Limpopo – 521 cases; [*]Mpumalanga – 544 cases; [*]North West – 1 957 cases; [*]Northern Cape – 232 cases; and [*]Western Cape – 50 173 cases[*]Unknown – 49 cases.

This comes to a total of 92 681 confirmed cases. 


The Western Cape is still the COVID-19 epicentre with the most positive cases in the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the Eastern Cape is just a few weeks behind the Western Cape in terms of COVID-19 infections.

COVID-19 DEATH TOLL BY PROVINCE AS OF SATURDAY


The following confirmed COVID-19-related deaths have been detected in each province as of Saturday: 

  1. Eastern Cape – 268 deaths;

  2. Free State – nine deaths;[*]Gauteng – 114 deaths;[*]KwaZulu-Natal – 83 deaths;[*]Limpopo – four deaths;[*]Mpumalanga – one death;[*]North West – five deaths; [*]Northern Cape – one death;[*]Western Cape – 1 392 deaths. 


LATEST RECOVERIES BY PROVINCE 


Mkhize announced the latest COVID-19 recoveries as follows: 

  1. Eastern Cape – 7 470 recoveries;

  2. Free State – 236 recoveries;[*]Gauteng – 4 273 recoveries;[*]KwaZulu-Natal – 2 527 recoveries;[*]Limpopo – 236 recoveries;[*]Mpumalanga – 156 recoveries;[*]North West – 175 recoveries;[*]Northern Cape – 97 recoveries; and[*]Western Cape – 35 156 recoveries.


DEXAMETHASONE: BREAKTHROUGH IN CORONAVIRUS TREATMENT 


The Department of Health announced earlier this week that the steroid, dexamethasone, has been found to reduce the risk of death in serious COVID-19 cases by a third.


Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, on Friday 19 June, had good things to say:


"This is a significant breakthrough in evidence-based management of COVID-19. The study results are compelling because it was a randomized study that was able to recruit large numbers of participants (6 425)," said Mkhize. 


"There is no other medicine that has shown this level of efficacy against COVID-19 to date," he added. 


This is a developing story, updates to follow