The latest COVID-19 figures have been released and South Africa today officially passed the 500 000-mark for confirmed cases. To put this in perspective, Africa's total caseload, as of 31 July, stood at 929 969.


Not only does South Africa's caseload account for more than half of Africa's caseload, we also have the highest death toll on the continent: xxx out of Africa's total toll of 19 693.


Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Saturday 1 August that SA's cumulative caseload increased by 10 107 along with 148 deaths.

COVID-19 in South Africa: Saturday 1 August 2020


Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Saturday that SA's cumulative caseload now stands at 503 290, which is an increase of 10 107 since Friday 31 July, when the total confirmed cases stood at 493 183.


Thankfully, 342 461 patients have recovered. As per Mkhize's report, the recovery rate is now 68%. However, the minister also announced that a further 148 deaths were reported. This brings the death toll in South Africa to a total of 8 153.


The deaths recorded per province during the last 24 hours are as follows: 36 from Eastern Cape, 40 from Gauteng, 41 from KwaZulu Natal, 24 from Western Cape and 7 from Northern Cape.


We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased.Minister Mkhize.


A total of 42 450 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours: 20 397 from the private sector and 22 053 from the public sector. In total, 3 001 985 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
Gauteng178 1192 075126 784
Western Cape96 1893 07480 750
KwaZulu Natal79 60784435 358
Free State22 3081548 897
Eastern Cape78 7821 74466 543
Limpopo8 879675 044
Mpumalanga14 681788 124
North West19 714818 444
Northern Cape4 961361 517
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Africa CDC receives COVID-19 test kits from Germany


As reported by Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the German Epidemic Preparedness Team donated extraction and test kits, capable of conducting 1.3 million tests.


A first batch was handed over to the Africa CDC by Heiko Nitzschke, from Chargé d'Affaires the at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The donation is to support the implementation of the Africa Joint Continental Strategy.


This will hopefully prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19 infection in African Union Member States and minimise social disruption and the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Global COVID-19 news and statistics


There are currently 17 901 546 confirmed cases in the world, along with 685 786 deaths and 11 264 274 recoveries. At the time of publishing, there are 5 951 486 active cases: 5 885 885 with a mild infection, and 65 601 in critical condition.

Top 10 hardest hit countries

[/td][td]CountryConfirmed casesNew casesDeath tollRecoveriesActive casesCritical cases
1USA4 735 25329 364157 2712 338 6122 239 370 18 848
2Brazil2 675 6769 37892 7891 884 051698 8368 318
3India1 751 83654 78237 4031 146 828567 6058 944
4Russia845 4435 46214 058646 524184 8612 300
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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: SA caseload shoots past 500 000-mark

Image credit: World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa – WHO/AFRO

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