COVID19 statistics in South Africa


12 January 2021

Staff Reporter/PretoriaLIVE

PRETORIA – A total of 1 246 643 cases have been reported with 15 046 new cases in the past 24 hours. A reported 973 265 people have recovered and there are 33 579 reported deaths, 416 in the past day. This means there are an estimated 239 799 active Covid-19 cases.

Daily Cases:

There are 1 246 643 reported cases, 15 046 new cases in the past 24-hours. Cases increased an average of 19 042 per day for the past week.

National cases:

With 1 246 643 total cases, 973 265 recoveries and 33 579 reported deaths, there are an estimated 239 799 active Covid-19 cases.

Deaths overview:

There were a reported 416 new deaths in the past 24-hours. This brings the number of official, reported deaths to 33 579. The most deaths have been recorded in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, with 8 902 and 8 363 deaths respectively. On average for the past week, 510 deaths were reported per day.

NOTE: The 452 deaths reported from the Eastern Cape on 6 January are as a result of data reconciliation between May and November 2020.

National testing:

A total of 7 236 389 coronavirus tests have been conducted to date – 3 039 805 in the public sector and 4 196 584 in the private sector. In the past 24-hours, 30 576 tests were conducted in public laboratories and 21 920 in private laboratories.

7-Day Average: National Daily Tests: Public & Private

For the past seven days an average of 65 160 tests were done every day.

NOTE: Testing data is averaged from 26 November to 2 December because no data was reported.

National Daily Tests – percent positive

A total of 28.66% (15 046 cases from 52 496 tests) of tests reported on 11 January were positive for Covid-19. The NICD, which records positive cases by date of sample delivery to laboratories, reported a testing positive rate of 38.9% for the week of 27 December 2020 to 2 January 2021.

NOTE: No testing data was reported from 26 November to 2 December. This resulted in daily positivity rates for this period being less accurate due to averaging of test numbers.


As of 11 January, a total of 162 012 people have been admitted to hospital after contracting Covid-19, according to data reported to the NICD by 627 hospitals. 113 459 of these patients were discharged, and 29 763 died while in hospital. As of 11 January, 15 969 people were admitted in hospitals around the country, 2 125 of them in ICU and 768 patients were on a ventilator.

Provincial Comparisons:

On average over the past seven days, KwaZulu-Natal has recorded the highest number of new Covid-19 cases per day, with a daily average of 5 484 new cases. It is followed by Gauteng, which has recorded on average 5 226 new cases in the past seven days.


Gauteng has recorded the highest number of cumulative Covid-19 cases at 338 071 and has an estimated 50 501 active cases. KwaZulu-Natal has recorded the second highest number of cases with 255 819 and KwaZulu-Natal also has the highest number of active cases at 93 376 active cases.

Deaths The Eastern Cape has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths with 8 902, followed closely by the Western Cape with 8 363. On average, the Eastern Cape has recorded the highest number of deaths per day, at 169 per day for the past seven days, followed by the Western Cape with (on average) 144 deaths per day in the past week.


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