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A decline of infections as SA records 9010 new Covid-19 cases


19 January 2021

Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE

PRETORIA – As of 18 January, the country has recorded a total of 1 346 936 SARS-CoV-2 infections, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.

9 010 new confirmed infections have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
The Covid-19 death toll has risen to 37 449 following 344 new reported deaths.

The downward trend in daily SARS-CoV-2 infections in South Africa has continued, with 9 010 new confirmed infections recorded in the past 24 hours.

As of 18 January, the country had recorded a total of 1 346 936 infections of SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19.

Earlier on Monday, while addressing a scientific discussion on the new SARS-CoV-2 variant, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize noted that there have been promising signs of a decline in transmissions.

“Yesterday [Sunday], we noted a 23% decrease in new cases nationally compared to seven days prior,” Mkhize said.

“This could be attributable to many factors, including enhanced physical distancing facilitated by lockdown regulations.

“We must thank South Africans for adhering to the regulations, difficult and frustrating as it may be. Every sacrifice made has saved lives and we appreciate the patriotism South Africans are displaying to protect the sanctity of life.” Mkhize said.

Total cases by province

Gauteng: 364 269
KwaZulu-Natal: 283 176
Western Cape: 258 124
Eastern Cape: 187 171
Free State: 70 891
Mpumalanga: 53 843
North West: 51 547
Limpopo: 48 158
Northern Cape: 29 757
However, Mkhize added that the healthcare system continues to experience significant strain with hospitalisations continuing to trend upwards.

According to the minister, there was an 18.3% increase in hospital admissions on 16 January compared to the seven days prior.

“As at 16 January, nearly 18 000 (17 878) patients were admitted, with 2 472 in ICU, 1 117 on ventilators and 5 850 requiring oxygen.

“This is a significant additional burden to the system, and we must salute our healthcare workers for their stamina and courage as they continue to battle it out in the forefront,” he said.

As of 18 January, the Covid-19-related death toll in the country had risen to 37 449 following 344 newly reported deaths.

Of the new confirmed deaths, KwaZulu-Natal recorded 91, the Western Cape 88, the Eastern Cape 66, Gauteng 63, the Northern Cape 13, Mpumalanga 12, and the Free State 11.

Total deaths by province

Eastern Cape: 9 510
Western Cape: 9 220
Gauteng: 7 009
KwaZulu-Natal: 6 409
Free State: 2 473
Mpumalanga: 797
North West: 783
Limpopo: 739
Northern Cape: 509

As of 18 January, the country had recorded a total of 1 117 452 recoveries, which translates to a recovery rate of 83%.

By Monday evening, there were 192 035 confirmed active cases throughout the country.

Active cases by province

KwaZulu-Natal: 60 969
Gauteng: 41 278
Western Cape: 39 855
North West: 13 471
Free State: 10 353
Mpumalanga: 7 820
Limpopo: 7 658
Eastern Cape: 5 038
Northern Cape: 4 593

The decline in infections is largely attributed to Covid-19 adherence levels among the populace, the lockdown measures implemented by the government which limited public gatherings which also were deemed as super spreader events of the deadly pandemic.