The Lockdown Diaries: A daily snapshot of latest stats and facts about Covid-19
CapeTalk Digital Editor Barbara Friedman presents a short summary of the key facts and figures around Covid-19 over the lockdown in South Africa.
The Lockdown Diaries Day 64:
The Covid-19 infection rate in South Africa is now at 27,403 with 25 more deaths being recorded bringing the total deaths to 577. One of those who died is a woman who worked at the National Health Laboratory Services diagnosed with the virus a few weeks ago.
Just over 52% or 14,370 people are listed as recovered.
The Lockdown Diaries Day 63:
The Western Cape Health Department confirms 1, 010 health care staff are infected with Covid-19. An urgent court bid for hairdressers to get the go-ahead to trade awaits judgment. Parliament managed to pull off its first Covid-19 Q&A session – almost entirely conducted virtually.
The Lockdown Diaries Day 62:
Health minister Mkhize explained testing ratios to the NCOP on Tuesday, for example, in Gauteng, they are getting one positive in every 66 tests. In the Western Cape, it’s one positive for every nine cases.
A projected drop in Sars collection of R250 billion announced yesterday in the Cogta briefing to the NCOP.
The Lockdown Diaries: Day 61
1032 new cases in the past 24 hours bring the SA infection total to 22,583 with 481 deaths recorded to date – that's 52 more lives lost in the past 24 hours including the death of a second child under the age of 9.
Almost 12 thousand people are listed as recovered.
The Western Province has almost 15,000 confirmed cases, 7,221 have recovered and sadly 318 people have died – over 70% of the country’s Covid-19 deaths.
The province has an 18,000-test backlog for Covid-19, said Premier Alan Winde on Monday.
The Lockdown Diary Day 60:
President Ramaphosa announced on Sunday night the entire country will move to alert level 3 on 1 June with a differentiated approach to deal with hotspot areas, one of which is Cape Town.
Alcohol will be on sale from 1 June but not at bars, taverns or restaurants. The sale of cigarettes remains prohibited. Exercise may be taken at any time of the day as long as it is not in groups.
The Lockdown Diary Day 57:
The Western Cape has the highest number of infections and deaths in the country and the province is now providing more granular disaggregated data for specific wards. Five areas have been identified as key hotspots.
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The Lockdown Diary Day 56:
Confirmed positive Covid-19 globally surpasses the 5 million mark, more than 327, 000 have died and over 2 million are listed as recovered.
The total number of confirmed cases in South Africa now stands at 18 003. The Western Cape accounts for 62,6 % of those, followed by Gauteng with 13,3%. There are 27 more deaths bringing the total to 339.
Sadly, the first neonatal death has been recorded, a premature 2-day old baby whose mother had tested positive.
The Lockdown Diary Day 55:
Western Cape deaths are at 183, patients in hospital 440, with 128 patients in High Care and ICU.
On Tuesday night scientists presented possible outcomes with modelling projections of an infection rate rising to 30 thousand by the end of this month, and a death rate of 40 thousand by the end of this year.
The Lockdown Diary Day 54:
The total number of confirmed cases in South Africa is 16 433 an increase of 918 new cases, 22 more people have died in the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 286.
The Western Cape has now passed the 10 thousand infection mark with the death total now at 165.
The Lockdown Diary Day 53:
Globally 4,71m cases have been confirmed, more than 315 000 have died, and 1,73m are listed as recovered.
The total number of cases confirmed in SA is 15,515 an increase of 1,160 cases, over 460,000 tests conducted
The number of deaths rises to 264
Western Cape 9,246 confirmed cases, 3521 recoveries, 156 deaths – 360 hospitalized with 108 in ICU of High Care, over 90,000 tests done in the province.
The Lockdown Diary Day 49:
12 074 people confirmed positive in South Africa. 724 new cases in the past 24 hours – 608 of those new cases recorded in the Western Cape.
Confirmed Covid-19 outbreaks in three Cape Town old age homes – Nazareth house, Highlands House and a home in Strand have all confirmed cases.
The Lockdown Diary Day 48:
4.2 million confirmed Covid-19 cases globally, over 290 thousand deaths, and 1.48 million recovered. More than 11 thousand confirmed infections since the virus first made it to SA - an increase of 698 cases since yesterday, 484 of those cases came from the Western Cape.
The Lockdown Diary Day 47:
Over 4 million confirmed covid-19 cases globally, 285 thousand deaths and 1.45 million recovered.
More than 10 thousand confirmed infections since the virus first made it to SA – the current tally is 10652 - an increase of 637 cases since yesterday.
12 more deaths, bringing to 206, the total number of people who’ve died in SA as a result of the virus.
The Lockdown Diary Day 46:
Health Minister Mkhize is concerned Western and Eastern Cape together responsible for 84% of cases with 359 new infections in WCape and the total infections at 5168 - A Western Cape factory closed as 9 test positive.
Admission of guilt fines have been published under the disaster management regulations
The Lockdown Diary Day 43:
The Western Cape has the highest number of recorded infections and deaths cases are doubling every 8 days – 3994 cases and 79 deaths. The president will be visiting the province and the government will be providing support.
The one-week window period providing for once-off inter-provincial travel back to an original place of residence has now closed, but under newly amended lockdown regulations, people can move house until 7 June under certain conditions.
The Lockdown Diary Day 42:
Among those infected now in South Africa are 511 health care workers and one doctor and one nurse have died.
The death toll rises to 153 and 3153 people have recovered from the virus.
The Lockdown Dairy Day 41:
In South Africa 352 new confimed cases of Covid-19 bringing the total to 7572. 247 of the new infections are from the Western Cape. Of the 10 new deaths, 7 are in the Western Cape and this brings the country's death toll to 148.
With the USA still reporting the highest number of deaths, most states are beginning to reopen their economies and the US government is planning to wind down its coronavirus task team.
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The Lockdown Diary Day 40:
The curve is continuing to climb at a relatively faster rate in South Africa but Health Minister Mkhize says the hospitalisation rate is still at 5% the same as was seen in China, with our mortality rate at 1.9% below the global average of 3.4%. It is the second day that new cases have risen over 400 a day.
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The Lockdown Diary Day 39:
South Africa now has a death toll of 131 and 6783 confirmed cases. The Western Cape had recorded 3113 Covid-19 infections, deaths 58 and recoveries are 833, with 113 people currently in hospital and 38 in ICU.
An estimated 1.5 million workers to return to work under stringent safety measures nationwide.
A backlash is growing globally against China over the coronavirus outbreak
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The Lockdown Diary Day 35:
Globally confirmed Covid-19 cases reached 3. 19 million marks more than 228 thousand deaths – 973 thousand people have recovered.
On Tuesday night the Health Department reported South Africa’s confirmed cases are now at 5,350.
10 more deaths, bring the national death total to 103.
This is a case increase of 354, the highest rise so far in a 24 hour period, and a 73% increase relative to previous day recordings.
The Lockdown Diary Day 34:
Globally confirmed Covid-19 cases surpass 3 million mark with more than 214 thousand deaths – close to 916 thousand people have recovered.
On Tuesday night the Health Department reported the country's total now at 4,996.
3 additional deaths, bring the national death total to 93 – all with underlying conditions.
Total recoveries nationally are 2073.
There are 1870 cases confirmed in the Western Cape and 38 deaths in the province.
Over 185 thousand tests have been conducted nationwide.
1.9% fatality rate is relatively low said Minister Mkhize, but added that the pandemic shows no signs of easing.
The Lockdown Diary Day 33:
Globally confirmed Covid-19 cases are at over 3 million almost with more than 211 thousand deaths – close to 900 thousand people have recovered.
On Monday night the Health Department reported there are 247 new confirmed Covid-19 bringing the country's total to 4,793.
3 additional deaths, two in the Western Cape and 1 in KZN, bring the national death total to 90.
1737 cases confirmed in the Western Cape and 35 deaths in the province.
Nationally over 178 thousand tests have been conducted countrywide – more than 10 thousand in the past 24 hours period.
Outbreaks among essential workers in the Western Cape have raised concerns about an increased spread in the and, the province is to receive more support = with tracing back to supermarkets or factories.
The Lockdown Diary Day 32:
The Lockdown Diary Day 28:
Globally confirmed Covid-19 cases are at over 2.7 million with more than 190k deaths. The number of confirmed COVID cases in South Africa stands at 3953 with 10 additional deaths recorded, bringing the total to 75.
On Thursday night President Ramaphosa introduced a phased-in easing of the lockdown with 5 levels determined by rate of transmission and the readiness of the health system.
The country will move from level 5 to level 4 on 1 May.
The Lockdown Diary Day 27:
More than 2.5 million confirmed Covid-19 case worldwide with over 172,000 deaths. South Africa records 3,465 confirmed infections, a daily rise of 165. Tests locally now stand at over 126,000, a daily increase of 5,427.
President Ramaphosa announced R500 billion economic package to ease the impact of the lockdown - 10% of the GDP.
In a historic move, a special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 a month for the next six months will be paid to those who have no other access to social grants, such as the unemployed.
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The Lockdown Diary Day 26:
Almost 2.5 million Covid-19 infections worldwide and over 170,000 deaths. In South Africa, the number of confirmed cases reaches 3.300, 142 more than yesterday. 4 more deaths bring that total to 58 and 1,005 people have officially recovered. Testing has increased by 6,799 since Monday with a total of 121, 510 tests done.
Food trucks were looted in Cape Town and President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that government will increase its welfare provision to help poor households suffering because of the national lockdown which is now in its fourth week.
The Lockdown Diary Day 25:
Globally there are over 2.4 million confirmed infections and more than 165 000 deaths. In South Africa, 3,158 confirmed cases – an increase of 251 from Fri to Sat- and increase of 114 cases between Saturday and Sunday, daily increases well above the figures required to end the lockdown as stated by the command council.
The country’s death toll rises by 2 to 54 and total tests completed stand at over 114 711 thousand.
The Lockdown Diary Day 22:
Globally there are over 2 million confirmed infections and more than 138 000 deaths
In South Africa, 2,605 confirmed cases with 48 deaths, an increase of 14. Total tests completed stand at over 95 k
In the Western Cape the number of confirmed cases is 675 with 16 in ICU - and more cases in vulnerable areas such as Khayelitsha, Du Noon, and on the Cape Flats.
The Lockdown Diary Day21:
Globally the number of confirmed cases has passed the 2 million mark, with more than 130 thousand deaths. Actual numbers of cases believed to be much higher than the official figures suggest, with countries varying in how much they are testing people.
South Africa has 2506 confirmed cases. The total number of dead in SA now stands at 34 90515 tests have been performed.
World leaders have urged US President Donald Trump to rethink the decision to cut WHO funding.
For the SA lockdown day 21 summary listen below:
The Lockdown Diary Day 20:
Staff members at the Mediclinic Morningside in Sandton have tested positive for Covid-19. 7 of the 12 staffers are health workers. Community members in Mitchells Plain protested food parcels and 3 people arrested for public violence Shops in Athlone, Tafelsig, Gatesville, and Heideveld were looted.
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The Lockdown Diary Day 19:
Globally the world has over 1.9 million confirmed Covid 19 cases, and over, 119k people have died.
South Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases rose by 99 to 2272 with sadly 2 more deaths bringing the total to 27 - One a 57-year old Gauteng man worryingly had had no record of any underlying diseases.
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The Lockdown Diary Day 14:
Globally the world tips 1.5 million confirmed Covid 19 cases, and over 88, 000 people have died Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday night released South Africa's number of confirmed coronavirus cases now at 1,845, an increase of 96. There are 5 more deaths bringing the total to 18. The total of Covid-19 tests conducted is now 63776 tests an increase of 5678 since the last report.
It is 100 days since China first notified the WHO of cases of “pneumonia with unknown cause”, Now Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first coronavirus case was recorded last December, has lifted its 76-day lockdown measures. And photographs show a city trying to get back to normal.
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The Lockdown Diary Day 13:
66 people at Durban's St Augustine Hospital test positive for Covid-19 of which 48 are staff members.
1,430 million confirmed cases of covid-19, with the deaths toll over 82,000.
South Africa’s cases rise to 1,749 with a 13th person dying, a Durban man, who had stage 4 prostate cancer.
President Ramaphosa said on Tuesday govt is still assessing lockdown effects and it is still early to decide if it should be extended.
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The Lockdown Dairy Day 12:
Globally confirmed cases of Covid-19 are 1 347 803, over 277 000 have recovered and deaths rise to 74 000.
South Africa confirms 1,686 confirmed cases with an increase of 31 cases and another death brings the death toll to 12.
After initially stating only health workers and those testing positive for Covid-19 should wear masks, the WHO nows says wearing cloth masks is justified in areas where hand-washing and physical distancing is difficult. But it stresses that civilian use of medical masks could exacerbate the shortages for health care workers.
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The Lockdown Dairy Day 11:
Global confirmed cases of Covid-19 are 1, 273 990 with over 69 000 deaths, South Africa's confirmed case total is now 1,655 with a death toll of 11, 2000 gender-based violence cases reported int he first week of lockdown.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is admitted to hospital ten days after testing positive for Covidd-19 and Queen Elizabeth gives a rare address to thanks and inspires the country, ending with a line harking back to the Second World War Vera Lynne song' we will meet again.'
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The Lockdown Diary Day 8:
Globally the world tips over the 1 million mark of confirmed Covie-19 cases and over 60,000 people have died. In South Africa, the number of confirmed cases rises to 1,462.
The Minister of Police says 2,289 people have been arrested for breaking lockdown regulations and government makes a few amendments allowing informal food vendors to trade, and close family members to cross provinces for funerals.
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The Lockdown Diary Day 7:
South Africa confirmed 1,380 confirmed cases, an increase of 27 since Tuesday and still has 5 deaths reported, one being a 45-year old Durban teacher, changes have been made to minibus taxi restrictions, the health minister has launched 67 mobile units to increase the government's testing capacity and more.
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The Lockdown Dairy Day 6:
The WHO is advocating the phrase “physical distancing.” Instead of social distancing because it says it wants people to still remain connected, arguing your mental health going through this is just as important as your physical health.
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Day five of the nationwide lockdown: South Africa has 1,326 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and another death brings total deaths to three.
President Ramaphosa on Monday night said that mass screening and testing will be rolled out in both rural and urban areas with mobile testing stations and the use of the 180 GenXpert testing machines can produce test results in 45 minutes.
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