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COVID-19 latest: New cases continue to decline, 3 749 identified and 297 deaths

South Africa currently has a cumulative COVID-19 caseload of 1 470 516 along with 45 902 deaths and 1 335 618 recoveries.

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The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 3 749 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 45 902 with recoveries at 1 335 618.

COVID-19 update: 5 February 2021

Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 3 749 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (3 751 new cases on 4 February). Unfortunately, we also lost 297 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 49 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 40 from the Free State, 52 from Gauteng, 53 from KwaZulu-Natal, 68 from Limpopo, 16 from Mpumalanga, 2 from Northern Cape and 35 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry recorded 8 436 569 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 36 250 were done during the past 24 hours: 20 068 at public facilities and 16 182 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
Eastern Cape192 57910 920178 9492 710
Free State77 2432 82665 8508 567
Gauteng392 7948 542375 8848 368
KwaZulu-Natal319 7168 960271 12939 627
Limpopo59 2621 49055 1102 662
Mpumalanga66 7381 03462 2813 423
North West58 1091 00848 9608 141
Northern Cape32 42659928 2673 560
Western Cape271 64910 523249 18811 938

COVID-19 updates from South Africa

Professor Salim Abdool Karim said the third wave of COVID-19 infections is anticipated to begin around June 2021. He said South Africa must vaccinate a very high proportion of our population in order to avoid that.

The co-chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 said epidemiologists are hard at work studying the virus’ dynamics and behaviour:

“When we look at the virus’ dynamics and behaviour, we can anticipate that we are likely to see one and probably two waves in the course of this year. When we look at how it has behaved up until now, we can anticipate that the third wave is likely to occur at the early part of our winter, and then the fourth probably in our summer”.

In other news, the Gautrain Management Agency confirmed that the planned expansion to include Lanseria, Little Falls, Soweto, Roodepoort and Boksburg will be delayed by two years.

COO William Dachs explained that the delay was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but anticipates to get back on track within the next two to three years. It will now be combined with the 2026 reinvestment in the system.

The Gautrain system currently covers approximately 80 kilometres with ten stations and had completed nearly 80 million trips by 2017. It was estimated that the expansion project would create more than 240 000 jobs.

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COVID-19 updates from around the world

United States: President Joe Biden says he has to “act fast” to push a huge new economic relief package through Congress, even without Republican support, because many Americans are near the “breaking point.”

Germany: The pandemic in Germany is still out of control due to the existence of variants, the head of its disease control institute Lothar Wieler says, dampening hopes of an easing of its partial lockdown at a government meeting with regions next Wednesday.

Latin America: As a second, deadly wave of COVID-19 batters Latin America, images have emerged from country after country of desperate people lining up for days to buy oxygen to ease the suffering of infected loved ones fighting for breath.

Portugal: Portugal is considering transferring patients to Austria for treatment because its hospitals are being overwhelmed by the coronavirus. The country has already accepted help from Germany

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Global statistics

As of 5 February 2021, the coronavirus has killed more than 2.2 million worldwide, since the outbreak emerged in China in back December 2019. The death toll is an underestimate and does not include later revisions by statistics agencies.

At the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 105,737,348, with the death toll at 2,302,976 and recoveries at 77,373,136

The US is the worst-affected with 468,989 deaths from 27,348,157 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 154,956 deaths from 10,815,222 cases, and Brazil with 229,097 deaths from 9,406,817.

Russia has 75,732 deaths from 3,934,606 cases while the UK recorded 111,264 deaths from 3,911,573 cases. South Africa is currently 15th on the list, preceded by Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and France.