COVID-19 latest: Confirmed cases in SA now exceed 30 000

COVID-19 update: Saturday, 30 May 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Twitter that the number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stand at 30 967; an increase of 1 727 since Friday 29 May 2020.

Deaths also increased by 32, standing at a total of 642. A total of 16 116 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus. Health Minister Zweli Mhize added:

“The total number of deaths is 643 and recoveries to date are 16 116 which translates to a recovery rate of 52%.”

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases

New cases, deaths and recoveries by province

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

Province Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths Total Recoveries
Gauteng 3 773
Western Cape 20 160
KwaZulu Natal 2 476
Free State 261
Eastern Cape 3 759
Limpopo 173
Mpumalanga 113
North West 162
Northern Cape 57
Unallocated 33

Tests and screening

On Thursday evening, Minister Mkhize also addressed the backlog of more than 96 000 unprocessed COVID-19 tests. He explained that limited availability of kits poses a challenge. As of today:

  • A total of 680 175 tests have been conducted, of which 24 452 were done in the last 24 hours.
  • The total number of tests conducted in the private sector stands at 335 834, of which 13 555 were done in the last 24 hours.
  • In addition, 344 341 tests were conducted in the public sector, with 10 897 being done within the last 24 hours.

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