Media Statement
6 January 2021

Today, we have reached a grim milestone as we breach the 20 000 mark for new cases identified in24 hours.
21 832 cases have been identified since the last report, bringing the total cumulative
COVID-19 cases in South Africa to
1 149 591.

Province Total cases for 06 January 2021 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 175941 15,3
Free State 64409 5,6
Gauteng 310201 27,0
KwaZulu-Natal 230283 20,0
Limpopo 30840 2,7
Mpumalanga 40751 3,5
North West 43159 3,8
Northern Cape 26353 2,3
Western Cape 227654 19,8
Unknown 0 0,0
Total 1149591 100,0


Deaths, Recoveries and Active Cases
Regrettably, a further 844 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 452, Free State 12, Gauteng 96, Kwa-Zulu Natal 65, Limpopo 11, Mpumalanga 8, North West 46, Northern Cape 5 and Western Cape 149. This brings the total to 31 368 deaths.

We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased.

The 452 deaths reported from the Eastern Cape are as a result of data reconciliation dating between May and November 2020- this includes analysis of community cases where post-mortem swabs were taken for COVID testing and analysis of clinical records where the the diagnosis was unconfirmed at the time of demise. The National Department of Health is engaging the province to  investigate the details of the reporting backlog.

Our recoveries now stand at 929 239 at a recovery rate of 80,8%



Dr Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health