COVID-19 latest: Confirmed cases in SA spike by 12 204, death toll soars to 6 655

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Saturday 25 July that SA's cumulative caseload now stands at 434 200 along with 263 054 recoveries.

COVID-19 in South Africa: Friday 25 July 2020


As per the Department of Health, South Africa recorded an increase of 12 204 new cases since Friday, when SA's caseload stood at 421 966 after a spike of 13 944 cases.


In addition, 263 054 citizens have recovered, which brings the recovery rate to 60.6%. Minister Mkhize also reports that 312 patients have lost the battle against COVID-19 during the past 24 hours.


The new cases are 44 from the Eastern Cape, 209 from Gauteng, 37 from KwaZulu Natal, 18 from the Western Cape and four from the Northern Cape. This brings the total death toll in South Africa to 6 655.


Lastly, testing: To date, 2 730 812 tests have been conducted in South Africa since the outbreak of the pandemic, with 46 324 tests carried out within the last 24 hours; 19 365 in the public sector and 26 959 in the private sector.





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 CasesDeathsRecoveries
Gauteng153 0201 32682 126
Western Cape90 0112 82773 897
KwaZulu Natal57 16256518 786
Free State14 542631 873
Eastern Cape71 3381 40655 692
Limpopo6 394333 022
Mpumalanga9 756524 403
North West16 548484 795
Northern Cape3 175231 177
Unallocated5000

COVID-19 self-testing kits not without faults


Both the SA Medical Technology Industry Association (SAMED) and the Southern African Laboratory Diagnostics Association (SALDA) spoke out against the efficacy of COVID-19 self-testing kits.


As the huge demand from diagnostic and monitoring tests continues to increase, the supply of self-testing kits began to fill a gap in the market. However, the public is warned against the use of these kits.


SALDA's Executive Officer, Sarah Cohen, explained that "all testing for COVID-19 should be done by healthcare professionals". In addition, these tests should be carried out in an accredited laboratory or approved facility.


SAMED chairperson, Avanthi Govender-Bester, explained why:


"Our knowledge about how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted, how long a person is infectious to others, the building of antibodies and immunity and optimal treatment choices is still limited," SAMED chairperson, Avanthi Govender-Bester, said.

Global COVID-19 news


On Saturday, the global caseload tipped over the 16-million mark, with 16 061 116 confirmed cases being recorded worldwide since the virus broke out back in December 2020. The novel coronavirus is now affecting 213 countries and territories.


Out of the total confirmed cases, 9 820 255 patients have recovered, while 644 995 individual succumbed to the disease. South Africa is currently the fifth-hardest hit country in the world, with Mexico and Peru right behind.


Ahead of us on the charts are Russia with a caseload of 806 720 confirmed cases, India with 1 383 779, Brazil with 2 348 200 and the United States, the hardest hit country in the world, with 4 278 067 confirmed cases and 148 967 deaths.

COVID-19 Top 10 sorted by death toll:


Critical refers to the amount of patients currently in a critical condition. South Africa is currently 17th on the list in terms of death toll.

CountryDeath TollRecoveriesActiveCriticalTotal cases
USA148 9672 036 7522 092 34819 0694 278 067
Brazil85 3851 592 281670 5348 3182 348 200
UK45 738N/AN/A110298 681
Mexico42 645242 69292 9483 889378 285
Italy35 102198 32012 44241245 864
India32 087884 654467 0388 9441 383 779
France30 19280 81569 521410180 528
Spain28 432N/AN/A617319 501
Peru17 843259 42398 6951 389375 961
Iran15 484251 31922 0363 670288 839

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