Media Release
20 May 2020


As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 18 003

Case Data

Province Total cases for 20 May 2020 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 2215 12,3
Free State 180 1,0
Gauteng 2400 13,3
KwaZulu-Natal 1650 9,2
Limpopo 93 0,5
Mpumalanga 93 0,5
North West 72 0,4
Northern Cape 38 0,2
Western Cape 11262 62,6
Unknown 0 0,0
Total 18003 100,0

Testing Data
A total of 505 861 tests have been conducted with 18 252 done in the last 24 hour cycle

 

Reported Deaths and Recoveries
Regrettably we report a further 27 COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 339


Sadly we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to COVID-19- this was a 2 day old baby that was born prematurely and therefore had lung difficulties which required ventilation support immediately after birth. The mother had tested positive for COVID-19 and the child subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 as well. It is important to appreciate the complexities of the underlying condition of prematurity.


We extend a special word of comfort to the mother of this child and salute the neonatologists, nurses and all allied and technical personnel who had the difficult task of caring for the neonate to the end.

We are also devastated to have registered the death of a health care worker in the Western Cape.

When COVID-19 claims the lives of the very people who are the bedrock of the national response, we feel the loss in so many ways.


I want to send a special tribute to the health care workers who continue to serve with honour and compassion, despite the real risks they face in the frontline. My heart goes out to the family, colleagues and loved ones of this compatriot: we salute her for the contribution she has made to the fight against COVID-19.

We wish to express our condolences to all 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
8950.

 

Provincial Breakdown:

Province Deaths Recoveries
Eastern Cape 45 1036
Free State 6 118
Gauteng 27 1694
KwaZulu Natal 46 842
Limpopo 3 42
Mpumalanga 0 58
North West 1 28
Northern Cape 1 27
Western Cape 210 5105
Total 339 8950

 

Gender and Age Distribution of Deaths:
Distribution of Deaths by Age:

Age Deaths Percentage (%)
0-9 1 0,3
10-19 0
20-29 1 0,3
30-39 18 5,3
40-49 44 13
50-59 74 21,8
60-69 91 26,8
70-79 70 20,7
80-89 32 9,4
90-99 8 2,4
Total 339 100

 

Distribution of Deaths by Gender:

Male (%) Female (%) Total
184 (54,3%) 155 (45,7%) 334

Dr Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health
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