Latest Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in South Africa (30 May 2021)
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As of today, the cumulative number of COVID-19 active cases identified in South Africa is 192,726, with 12,537 new cases reported over the past 24 hours.


South Africa (14 July 2021) – In the last 24 hours, South Africa has seen an increase of 12,537 new COVID-19 infections, which brings our active cases to 192,726 and our recoveries to 1,961,448. We currently have a 96,5% recovery rate in closed cases and are making our way to even more recoveries every day.

COVID-19 is the greatest global shock in decades. Millions of lives have been lost, and the world’s economy likely faces the worst recession since the 1930s. The resulting loss of employment and income will cause further damage to livelihoods, health, and sustainable development.

COVID-19 Number Breakdown:

The numbers can often seem confusing. As of today, South Africa has conducted 13,989,268 tests and had 2,219,316 total positive results, but positive results change daily as people recover, so even though there have had over 1,6 million positive results, we have also had 1,961,448 recoveries. See confusing.

Here is a different way to report the data while still using the same numbers:

Latest South African COVID-19 Update (14 July 2021)
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Here are today’s total numbers:

  • Recoveries: 1,961,448 (17,935 more than yesterday)
  • Active Cases: 192,726 (6,033 less than yesterday)
  • Deaths: 65,142 (633 more than yesterday)
  • Vaccinations: 4,535,222 (144,331 more than yesterday)

We can also break down the Active Cases further to see where each region stands – we have added arrows to depict whether the region has seen an increase or decrease in the last 24 hours:

  • Gauteng: 75,188 ⬇️
  • Western Cape: 28,856 ⬆️
  • North West: 24,290 ⬇️
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 22,821 ⬆️
  • Free State: 11,933 ⬇️
  • Limpopo: 11,512 ⬆️
  • Mpumalanga: 8,590 ⬇️
  • Eastern Cape: 5,009 ⬇️
  • Northern Cape: 4,527 ⬇️

Vaccination breakdown:

A vaccine is intended to provide immunity against COVID-19. In general, vaccines contain weakened or inactive parts of a particular organism that triggers an immune response within the body. This weakened version will not cause the disease in the person receiving the vaccine, but it will prompt their immune system to respond.

Some vaccines require multiple doses, given weeks or months apart. This is sometimes needed to allow for the production of long-lived antibodies and the development of memory cells. In this way, the body is trained to fight the specific disease-causing organism, building up memory against the pathogen so it can fight it in the future.

The country started the vaccination roll-out on the 18th of February 2021 and to date, 4,535,222 vaccines have been administered, with 1,459,950 South Africans now completely vaccinated.

Breakdown as follows:

  • Sisonke Programme Completed Vaccinations: 484,536
  • Total J&J (one-shot): 435,212
  • Total Pfizer Vaccinations (first dose): 3,075,272
  • Total Pfizer Vaccinations (second dose): 540,202

This graph represents the latest known numbers:

Latest South African COVID-19 Update (14 July 2021)
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Our hearts go out to everyone who has tragically lost their lives to this virus, and our thanks go out to all the incredible frontline heroes who are helping us get through this pandemic. But, please remember that we still need to be wearing our masks, physical distancing and staying safe.

All the numbers represented in this post are the same numbers shared globally by the Health Minister in the evening media report.


We have developed a series of graphs to try to show the current COVID-19 climate in South Africa.

The first being the “total” cases since the 1st of June 2020, the second being the same but without vaccinations (to give you a better understanding), and the third being “active cases” in the same timeframe.

Have a look below:

Latest South African COVID-19 Update (14 July 2021)
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Latest South African COVID-19 Update (14 July 2021)
Photo Cred: Brent Lindeque | Good Things Guy
Latest South African COVID-19 Update (14 July 2021)
Photo Cred: Brent Lindeque | Good Things Guy

Sources: National Institute for Communicable Diseases | COVID-19
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