Media Release
4 September

As of today, a cumulative total of 635 078 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded.

Case Data

Province Total cases for 04 September 2020 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 86635 13,6
Free State 39192 6,2
Gauteng 212186 33,4
KwaZulu-Natal 114360 18,0
Limpopo 13596 2,1
Mpumalanga 24836 3,9
North West 25965 4,1
Northern Cape 11521 1,8
Western Cape 106787 16,8
Unknown 0 0,0
Total 635078 100,0

The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 765 700 with 18 599 new tests conducted since the last report

Total Deaths and Recoveries
Regrettably, we report 115 more COVID-19 related deaths: 15 from KwaZulu-Natal, 43 from Gauteng, 12 from Eastern Cape, 18 from Free State, 4 from Western Cape, 11 from Northern Cape and 12 from Limpopo.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 14 678.

We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers that treated the deceased patients.

Our recoveries now stand at 557 818 which translates to a recovery rate of 88%

Province Total Deaths Total Recoveries Percent Recoveries Active Cases
Eastern Cape 2968 82233 95% 1434
Free State 757 27129 69% 11306
Gauteng 3773 185192 87% 23221
KwaZulu-Natal 2218 101034 88% 11108
Limpopo 214 12647 93% 735
Mpumalanga 378 23315 94% 1143
North West 275 20028 77% 5662
Northern Cape 145 7551 66% 3825
Western Cape 3950 98689 92% 4148
National 14678 557818 88% 62582


Current State of the Pandemic
We are encouraged to see some key indicators showing improvement in the state of the South African pandemic. In the world ranking of total number of cases per country, we have dropped from 5th position to 7th position.

We are also encouraged to see the number of active cases steadily declining from 90 103 on 20 August 2020 to 62 582 today- this translates to a 31% decrease in 2 weeks. We continue to register a high recovery rate at 88%. The testing positivity rate continues to decline as well, now at 11% nationally- on the 12 of July, corresponding more or less with the peak of our pandemic, we recorded the highest positivity rate at 30%.

Despite ranking 7th for the number of positive cases identified, we rank number 13 for the cumulative number of COVID-19 related deaths recorded. On 1 September, the Medical Research Council reported that unnatural deaths continue to decline (although this decline has slowed down). On the under hand, it would be remiss of me not to inform the public that the same report indicated that unnatural deaths have increased following the easing of alcohol restrictions- unnatural deaths now exceed the MRC predicted number.

We have been very concerned to see videos on social media of people hosting large parties and going to shebeens, taverns and bars beyond the curfew. We urge our people to continue observing  health protocols such as social distancing, wearing of masks, sanitizing and washing of hands. We also caution against sharing of drinks, cigarettes, cigars, shisha pipes (“hubbly bubbly”) etc. Be aware that if you do this you have directly put yourself at risk.

Whilst socializing and having fun, do not let your guard down and put your life and the lives of your loved ones at risk.

The threat of a second wave remains very real.

As we start the weekend, we wish to plead with South Africans to adhere to the curfew and not to drink excessively and irresponsibly.

Dr. Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health