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Covid-19 in SA: This is where the 26 latest deaths, 767 infections deaths came from

By Sihle Mlambo Time of article published May 19, 2020

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Johannesburg - Health experts on Tuesday night said South Africa’s general Covid-19 trajectory was optimistic, but in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, it was pessimistic.

This comes as South Africa on Tuesday had 26 new Covid-19 related deaths and 767 new infections. Of those new deaths and infections, 23 of the 26 new deaths were from the Western and Eastern Cape provinces, while out of the 767 new cases, 687 infections came from the two provinces. 

The Western Cape is the epicenter of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa, with 60% of all cases and deaths stemming from the province after a cluster outbreak. 

The Northern Cape on Tuesday, regrettably, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, recorded its first Covid-19 death. 

New Covid-19 deaths 

Western Cape - 21

Eastern Cape - 2

KZN - 1 

Gauteng - 1

Northern Cape - 1

Data from the Department of Health shows that on Tuesday, 8 out of 10 Covid-19 deaths and infections, were from the Western Cape. 

From infections, 78.7% of infections came from the Western Cape, followed by the Eastern Cape with 10.8%, with the remaining 10% coming from KZN, Gauteng, Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

There were no new cases in the North West and Northern Cape provinces.

LATEST BREAKDOWN

______________

New Deaths____

New Cases____

Total Deaths____

Total Cases

South Africa

26

767

312

17200

Western Cape

21

604

187

10639

Gauteng

1

18

27

2361

Eastern Cape

2

83

41

2135

KZN

1

49

46

1616

Free State

0

5

6

168

Limpopo

0

6

3

94

Mpumalanga

0

2

0

78

North West

0

0

1

72

Northern Cape

1

0

1

37

The experts, who were presenting during a virtual meeting on Tuesday night, said the initial social distancing and strict lockdown measures had worked in flattening the curve and delaying the Covid-19 peak. 

They said a peak in cases, under a pessimistic outlook, would arrive in July, but in an optimistic scenario, this would be delayed to July. 

Estimated cases presentation by SA Covid-19 Modelling Consortium:

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