As the country prepares for the easing of lockdown regulations, high risk age groups and those with illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac disease, obesity and HIV must take extra precautions and necessary steps to avoid possible exposure to COVID-19, says Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

The Minister’s comments coincided with the announcement of 22 more COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the death toll from the virus in South Africa to 286. Of this number, 126 are female whilst 160 are male.

At the same time, the country’s COVID infection cases now stand at 16 433, an increase of 900 in 24 hours. Recoveries to date are 7 298.

Cases per Province

PROVINCE CASES (AS AT 18 MAY 2020) % TOTAL
Eastern Cape 2052 12,5
Free State 163 1,0
Gauteng 2343 14,3
KwaZulu-Natal 1567 9,5
Limpopo 88 0,5
Mpumalanga 76 0,5
North West 72 0,4
Northern Cape 37 0,2
Western Cape 10035 61,1
Unknown 0 0,0
Total 16 433 100,0

 

Provincial Deaths & Recoveries

PROVINCE DEATHS RECOVERIES
Eastern Cape 39 839
Free State 6 108
Gauteng 26 1657
Kwazulu Natal 45 818
Limpopo 3 37
Mpumalanga 0 53
North West 1 28
Northern Cape 0 27
Western Cape 166 3731
Total 286 7298

 

Death Age Analysis

AGE DEATHS PERCENTAGE (%)
0-9 0
10-19 0
20-29 1 0,3
30-39 15 5,3
40-49 36 12,6
50-59 64 22,4
60-69 75 26,2
70-79 59 20,6
80-89 28 9,8
90-99 8 2,8
Total 286 100

 

Source: sacoronavirus.co.za

** If you think you have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus, please call the government’s 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or visit https://sacoronavirus.co.za/ for more information