Media Statement
24 May 2021


As of today the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa is
1 637 848.

Testing Data
The number of tests conducted to date is 11 378 282. Of these 23 352 tests were conducted since the last report.

Deaths and Recoveries
Today, 72 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 6, Free State 21, Gauteng 7, Kwa-Zulu Natal 0, Limpopo 13, Mpumalanga 6, North West 0, Northern Cape 6 and Western Cape 13 which brings the total to 55 874 deaths.

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 1 541 250 representing a recovery rate of 94,1%.

Vaccination Rollout:
The total vaccinated under the Sisonke Programme is 479 768. These vaccinations were with the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine and are therefore completed vaccinations. As we indicated
the teams undertook data verification processes over the weekend in preparation for the finalization of a public facing live dashboard.

The number reflected today is a result of this process, which removed duplications and vaccinations assigned incorrectly to SIsonke.

The total vaccinated in Phase Two as at midnight today is 171 860. These vaccinations were with the first dose of Pfizer vaccine.


Dr. Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health