The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Thursday 30 July that SA's cumulative caseload increased by 11 014 along with 193 deaths.

COVID-19 in South Africa: Friday 31 July 2020


As of today, a total of 493 183 South Africans contracted COVID-19 since the virus first broke out in SA back in March. This is an increase of 11 014 since Thursday, 30 July. Thankfully, 326 171 patients have recovered.


As per Mkhize's report, the recovery rate is now 66%. Sadly, Minister Mkhize also announced that a further 193 deaths were reported, This brings the death toll in South Africa to a total of 8005.


The deaths recorded per province during the last 24 hours are as follows: 8 from Eastern Cape, 103 from Gauteng, 36 from KwaZulu Natal, 33 from Western Cape and 13 from Mpumalanga.


As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 493 183, the total number of deaths is 8 005 and the total number of recoveries is 326 171.Minister Mkhize.


A total of 41 486 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours: 24 896 from the private sector and 16 590 from the public sector. In total, 2 959 535 tests have been conducted since the novel coronavirus first broke out.

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
Gauteng175 2722 035117 099
Western Cape95 223 3 05079 841
KwaZulu Natal76 70680335 113
Free State21 2621547 063
Eastern Cape77 9381 70865 512
Limpopo8 565675 044
Mpumalanga14 101786 854
North West19 325818 256
Northern Cape4 741291 389
Unallocated5000





COVID-19 guidelines: How to wear a face mask


In a new video shared by the World Health Organisation in Africa, wearing a loose mask would not help at all. Masks sufficiently cover the nose and mouth with as few gaps as possible.


The WHO also warns against taking the mask off to talk and sharing the mask with others. In addition, we are cautioned against repositioning or adjusting the mask once it has been put on.

Watch: How to wear a mask






Global COVID-19 news and statistics


There are 17 613 632 confirmed cases in the world, along with 679 48 deaths and 11 016 056 recoveries.

Top 10 hardest hit countries

[/td][td]CountryConfirmed casesNew casesDeath tollRecoveriesActive casesCritical cases
1USA4 590 80922 772154 6342 250 1402 186 305 18 848
2Brazil2 556 20768590 2121 787 419678 5768 318
3India1 632 42248 03835 7121 029 069567 6418 944
4Russia834 4995 50913 802629 655191 0722 300
5 SA482 16911 0497 812309 601164 756539
6Mexico408 4495 75245 361267 14795 9413 922
7Peru400 683[/td][td]18 816280 044101 8231 427
8Chile351 575[/td][td]9 278324 557 17 7401 529
9Spain332 5102 78928 443n/an/a617
1UK302 30184645 961n/an/a94


As of Friday 31 July 2020, more than 900 000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified on the African continent, along with approximately 550 000 recoveries and 19 000 deaths.

COVID-19 latest: Deaths in South Africa now exceed 8 000

Image credit: World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa โ€“ WHO/AFRO

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