Media Release
5 May 2020

As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 7572.

Case Data

PROVINCE COVID-19 Confirmed Cases
Eastern Cape 838
Free State 128
Gauteng 1697
KwaZulu-Natal 1142
Limpopo 40
Mpumalanga 57
North West 35
Northern Cape 26
Western Cape 3609
Unknown 0
Total 7572


Testing Data
A total of 268 064 tests have been conducted to date with 10 523 tests done in the past 24 hours

Reported COVID-19 Deaths:
Regrettably, we report 10 more COVID-19 related deaths: 7 from Western Cape 1 from Eastern Cape, 1 from KZN and 1 from Gauteng. This brings the total deaths nationally to 148.

We wish to express our condolences to the families of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

Province Deaths
Eastern Cape 18
Free State 6
Gauteng 15
KwaZulu Natal 36
Limpopo 2
Mpumalanga 0
North West 0
Northern Cape 0
Western Cape 71
Total 148


World Hand Hygiene Day
Today we commemorate World Hand Hygiene Day in a year that has particularly shone the spotlight on hand hygiene.

As we know, one of the ways Coronavirus is transferred is by hands which have come into contact with contaminated surfaces, objects or areas of the body.

To echo the sentiments of our Honourable President Cyril Ramaphosa, who addressed us from KwaZulu Natal today, the COVID-19 outbreak is giving us an opportunity, as humanity, to review our way of life and take forward all the important lessons we are learning into a new future.

Washing hands saves lives. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water or hand sanitizer.

Dr Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health