As of today, the cumulative number of COVID-19 active cases identified in South Africa is 62,578 with 1,504 new cases reported over the past 24 hours.
South Africa (20 September 2021) – In the last 24 hours, South Africa has seen an increase of 1,504 new COVID-19 infections, which brings our active cases to 62,578 and our recoveries to 2,735,340. 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 17,374,385 tests and had 2,884,134 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 2,735,340 recoveries. See confusing.
Here is a different way to report the data while still using the same numbers:
Here are today’s total numbers:
- Recoveries: 2,735,340 (2,977 more than yesterday)
- Active Cases: 62,578 (1,515 less than yesterday)
- Current COVID Hospital patients: 8,474 (268 less than yesterday)
- Deaths: 86,216 (42 more than yesterday)
- Vaccinations: 16,162,887 (170,513 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.
- KwaZulu-Natal: 28,847 ⬆️
- Free State: 8,091 ⬇️
- Eastern Cape: 6,472 ⬇️
- Northern Cape: 5,780 ⬆️
- North West: 4,506 ⬇️
- Western Cape: 3,447 ⬇️
- Gauteng: 2,736 ⬇️
- Mpumalanga: 1,365 ⬇️
- Limpopo: 1,334 ⬇️
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, 16,162,887 vaccines have been administered, with 7,997,795 South Africans now completely vaccinated.
Break down as follows:
- Sisonke Programme Completed Vaccinations: 496,420
- Total J&J (one-shot): 3,050,454
- Total Pfizer Vaccinations (first dose): 8,165,092
- Total Pfizer Vaccinations (second dose): 4,450,921
This graph represents the latest known numbers:
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: