Media Statement
19 May 2021


As of today the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa is
1 621 362.

Testing Data
The number of tests conducted to date is 11 207 305. Of these 40 355 tests were conducted since the last report

Deaths and Recoveries
Today, 167 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 3, Free State 38, Gauteng 35, Kwa-Zulu Natal 6, Limpopo 19, Mpumalanga 3, North West 46, Northern Cape 7 and Western
Cape 10 which brings the total to
55 507 deaths.

Provinces are back capturing data as far back as December 2020 as part of their COVID-19 mortality audits.

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

The cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 528 868 representing a recovery rate of 94,2%

Vaccination Rollout:
The total vaccinated under the Sisonke Programme is 480 665. These vaccinations were with the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine and are therefore completed vaccinations.

The total vaccinated in Phase Two as at 17.10 today is 77 505. These vaccinations were with the first dose of Pfizer vaccine.

Dr. Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health