COVID-19 latest figures

Medical staff prepares personal protective equipment (PPE) at a Covid-19 intensive care unit (ICU) in a hospital in Gauting near Munich, southern Germany. Photo: AFP/Christof Stache

COVID-19 latest: 4 058 new cases as death toll pushes past 45 000

South Africa currently has a cumulative COVID-19 caseload of 1 463 016 along with 44 399 deaths and 1 318 504 recoveries.

COVID-19 latest figures

Medical staff prepares personal protective equipment (PPE) at a Covid-19 intensive care unit (ICU) in a hospital in Gauting near Munich, southern Germany. Photo: AFP/Christof Stache

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 4 058 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 45 344 with recoveries at 1 323 680.

COVID-19 update: 3 February 2021

Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 4 058 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (2 649 new cases on 1 February). Unfortunately, we also lost 398 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 46 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 12 from the Free State, 97 from Gauteng, 138 from KwaZulu-Natal, 8 from Limpopo, 21 from Mpumalanga, 9 from Northern Cape, and 67 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry recorded 8 369 287 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 39 596 were done during the past 24 hours: 18 366 at public facilities and 21 230 at private facilities.

Breakdown of new COVID-19 cases

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
Gauteng390 8908 437373 7268 727
Western Cape270 69210 447246 80013 445
KwaZulu-Natal317 8248 869266 90742 048
Free State76 8272 774 65 1698 884
Eastern Cape192 33010 827178 9492 554
Limpopo66 0481 41154 0113 151
Mpumalanga66 0481 01861 4593 571
North West57 64896648 9607 722
Northern Cape32 18459527 6993 890

COVID-19 updates from South Africa

Goverment confirmed on 3 February that South Africa will receive 3.1 million vaccines from the COVAX facility this year. As reported by eTV news, almost 3 million of the vaccines are from AstraZeneca.

Delivery of the first batch is expected from the end of February. In addition, the AstraZeneca vaccine diminishes asymptomatic transmission, which will ultimately cause a drop in places with high uptake of the vaccine.

Researchers found that a single dose was 76% effective in preventing virus symptoms after 22 days and for up to 90 days, while it did not prevent asymptomatic illness. This might just be our ticket out of lockdown…

Follow our live vaccine updates here.

COVID-19 updates from around the world

United States: President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he expects “some” Republican support for his huge new COVID-19 economic relief package but signaled that Democrats should stay united and push ahead regardless.

Dubai: Residents are swamping vaccination centres in swanky office blocks and tourist resorts, as a surging caseload and a desire to get back to business sweep away any hesitations over getting anti-coronavirus shots.

Tokyo: Olympics organisers unveiled the first of a series of “playbooks” aimed at holding the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Games safely on Wednesday, warning that rule-breakers could be kicked out.

United Kingdom: More than ten million people have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine across Britain, according to figures from the health ministry published on Wednesday, 3 February.

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Global statistics

At the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 104,728,657, with the death toll at 2,272,041 and recoveries at 76,397,059. The US is the worst-affected with 459,905 deaths from 27,086,994 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 154,734 deaths from 10,790,909 cases, Brazil with 226,666 deaths from 9,296,945, Russia with 74,684 from 3,901,204, and the UK with 109,335 deaths from 3,871,825 cases.

South Africa is currently 15th on the list, preceded by Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and France.