Media Statement
8 October 2020


As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is
686 891 with 1 736 new cases identified since the last report.

Province Total cases for 08 October 2020 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 90339 13,2
Free State 49683 7,2
Gauteng 222038 32,3
KwaZulu-Natal 120044 17,5
Limpopo 16054 2,3
Mpumalanga 27925 4,1
North West 30408 4,4
Northern Cape 18388 2,7
Western Cape 112012 16,3
Unknown 0 0,0
Total 686891 100,0

 

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 339 686 with 21 172 new tests conducted since the last report.

Total Deaths and Recoveries
Regrettably, we report 160 more COVID-19 related deaths: 18 from Eastern Cape, 6 from Free State, 105 from KwaZulu Natal, 13 from Gauteng, 6 from Limpopo, 4 from Mpumalanga, and 8 from Western Cape.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 17 408.

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

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of deaths recently which caused us concern as we have received reports from the Medical Research Council that there have been no excess deaths for three weeks in a row.

We therefore consulted the provinces to ascertain the reason for the increased numbers. We have received reports that the provinces are implementing the recommendations of the MRC to reconcile the data with Home Affairs deaths data. In addition provinces are auditing the deaths data either by mining data from the DATCOV surveillance reports and identifying unreported deaths or auditing the facilities on the ground. We welcome this robust refinement of data collation as it reassures us that, moving forward, we exercise precision in our epidemiological surveillance.

Our recoveries now stand at 618 771 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%

Province Total Deaths Total Recoveries Active Cases
Eastern Cape 3163 85301 1875
Free State 1090 35271 13322
Gauteng 4386 198022 19630
KwaZulu-Natal 2925 111403 5716
Limpopo 421 14987 646
Mpumalanga 581 26554 790
North West 375 27272 2761
Northern Cape 228 15122 3038
Western Cape 4239 104839 2934
National 17408 618771 50712

 

Dr Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health
ENDS