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COVID-19 update: 2 781 new cases and 288 deaths recorded in SA

South Africa currently has a cumulative COVID-19 caseload of 1 487 681 along with 47 670 deaths and 1 383 626 recoveries.

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The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 2 781 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 47 670 with recoveries at 1 377 980.

COVID-19 update: 12 February 2021

Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 2 781 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (2 488 on 11 February 2020). Unfortunately, we also lost 237 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 26 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 24 from the Free State, 166 from Gauteng, 23 from KwaZulu-Natal, 4 from Limpopo, 16 from Mpumalanga, 7 from Northern Cape and 22 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry recorded 8 641 447 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 35 718 were done during the past 24 hours: 19 020 at public facilities and 16 698 at private facilities.

New cases, deaths and recoveries by province

The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:

ProvinceTotal Cases in South AfricaTotal DeathsTotal RecoveriesActive Cases currently
Eastern Cape193 22311 100180 6861 437
Free State78 4092 96567 8057 693
Gauteng397 2599 115381 4746 397
KwaZulu-Natal323 8399 269295 61318 957
Limpopo60 5081 63356 9851 890
Mpumalanga68 4221 16865 2252 209
North West59 1561 02752 8165 313
Northern Cape32 95262028 7463 586
Western Cape273 91310 773254 0039 137

COVID-19 updates from around the world

AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine update

Global: The World Health Organisation warned against rash reopenings despite a fall in new COVID-19 cases in Europe. There’s still a long battle ahead before vaccines can tame the pandemic.

Paris: French MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo has gone public on his brush with COVID-19 in December, telling AFP on Thursday 11 February that it was “the most difficult week” of his life.

Norway: The International Ski Federation (FIS) announced on 11 February that all remaining World Cups in Norway were cancelled due to new COVID-19-related government restrictions.

United States: The US will see this year its second-largest budget deficit since World War II, while the federal debt will continue to climb beyond GDP, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate

Zambia: Debt-distressed Zambia began talks on Thursday with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a possible bailout loan after it defaulted on two interest payments over the past three months.

Global statistics

At the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 108,537,142, with the death toll at 2,387,411 and recoveries at 80,554,458.

The US is the worst-affected with 490,537 deaths from 28,043,159 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 155,569 deaths from 10,891,462 cases, and Brazil with 236,397 deaths from 9,716,298.

Russia has 79,194 deaths from 4,042,837 cases while the UK recorded 116,287 deaths from 4,013,799 cases. South Africa is currently 16th on the list, preceded by Iran, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and France.