Media Statement
20 November 2020


Today, we report with concern that the new cases identified in the past 24 hours are 3 105.

This gives a cumulative total of COVD-19 cases in South Africa to be 762 763. We wish to highlight that we have breached the 3000 mark for daily new cases. Of these new cases, more than half (54,4%) are from the Eastern Cape. We are also concerned that the positivity is at 12%, which is higher than what is ideal, i.e. 10% or less.

Province Total cases for 20 November 2020 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 114830 15,1
Free State 58667 7,7
Gauteng 232653 30,5
KwaZulu-Natal 125721 16,5
Limpopo 18347 2,4
Mpumalanga 30971 4,1
North West 34527 4,5
Northern Cape 22905 3,0
Western Cape 124142 16,3
Unknown 0 0,0
Total 762763 100,0

 

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 5 243 055 with 29 019 new tests conducted since the last report

Total Deaths and Recoveries
Regrettably, 88 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 67, Free State 15, Gauteng 2, Kwa-Zulu Natal 1 and Western Cape 3.

This brings the total to 20 759 deaths. We have noted that the number of new deaths being reported daily in the Eastern Cape is rising as well.

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

Our recoveries now stand at 707 040 which translates to a recovery rate of 92,7%

Dr. Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health