Media Release
16 May 2020

As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 14 355 with 831 new cases identified in the last 24 hour cycle of testing.

Case Data

Province Total cases for 16 May 2020 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 1812 12,6
Free State 153 1,1
Gauteng 2262 15,8
KwaZulu-Natal 1498 10,4
Limpopo 59 0,4
Mpumalanga 68 0,5
North West 64 0,4
Northern Cape 35 0,2
Western Cape 8404 58,5
Unknown 0 0,0
Total 14355 100,0

The Eastern Cape and Western Cape combined comprise 91% of the new 831 cases.


Testing Data
439 559
tests have been conducted with 18 004 done in the last 24 hour cycle.

Reported Deaths and Recoveries
Regrettably we report a further 14 COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 261
We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who cared for the deceased

The total number of recoveries to date is 6478

Province Deaths Recoveries
Eastern Cape 32 746
Free State 6 108
Gauteng 25 1583
KwaZulu Natal 45 806
Limpopo 3 37
Mpumalanga 0 49
North West 1 28
Northern Cape 0 24
Western Cape 149 3097
Total 261 6478


I am sure many South Africans are eagerly looking forward to a return to normality, albeit a “new normal.”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your tenacity, stoicism and true partnership with government. Together we succeeded in flattening the curve, which facilitated ramping up and cohesion of our health care system as well as preparation of our spaces as we resume our economic and social development.

A few examples is that we have screened
10 737 341 citizens, we now have 376 sites identified for quarantine nationally with 30 823 quarantine beds. Significantly our mortality rate, 1.8%, remains well below the global average which is currently 6.6% and our recovery rate is 42.4%, above the global average of 38%.

The process of easing lockdown regulations is a highly consultative one where various stakeholder inputs are taken into account to influence implementation.

We remain guided by the World Health Organization recommendations for easing lockdown restrictions, which are:
1. Strong surveillance, cases are declining and transmission is controlled
2. Health systems capacity is in place to detect, isolate, test and treat every case and trace very contact
3. That outbreak risks are minimized especially in settings like facilities and nursing homes
4. That preventive measures are in place in workplaces, schools and other places that are essential for people to go
5. That importation of cases can be managed
6. That communities are fully educated, engaged and empowered to adjust to the new norm

The Director General of WHO Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus continued by saying:
“The risk of returning to lockdown remains very real if countries do not manage the transition extremely carefully and in a phased approach.”

Dr Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health