COVID-19 latest: Confirmed cases increase by 1 466 with 25 more deaths

South Africa is currently waiting to advance to level three of the national lockdown on 1 June 2020, with caveats in place for hot-spot areas to lower the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Experts say that South Africa’s COVID-19 caseload will increase exponentially, and several hot-spot areas have been identified, including Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, the West Rand and others.

According to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, hot-spot areas “will experience more stringent measures, and there will be limitations on movement – if we have to put harder rules in place for these hot-spots”. 

COVID-19 update: South Africa, Thursday 28 May 2020

The Health Ministry announced that the number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa had risen to 27 403; an increase of 1 466 since Wednesday 27 May.

Deaths also increased by 25, standing at a total of 577. A total of 14 370 people have recovered from the virus. Health Minister Zweli Mhize said that regrettably, one of the reported deaths is that of a National Laboratory Services (NHLS) employee. He added:

“We also take this opportunity to encourage other NHLS employees. We understand that this tragedy will certainly test you. But we wish to assure you of our commitment to continue taking the necessary measures to protect you while you perform your duties by providing the PPE required and ensuring that you workplace protocols observe all the safety measures to mitigate the risk of our front line employees getting infected.”

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 3 329 162 31 1 993
Western Cape 17 754 861 406 9 157
KwaZulu Natal 2 349 163 50 1 180
Free State 225 4 8 123
Eastern Cape 3 306 259 77 1 700
Limpopo 144 3 3 75
Mpumalanga 111 5 0 67
North West 134 6 1 45
Northern Cape 51 3 1 30

Tests and screening

As of today:

  • A total of 655 723 tests have been conducted, of which 20 727 were done in the last 24 hours.
  • The total number of tests conducted in the private sector stands at 322 279, of which12289 were done in the last 24 hours.
  • In addition, 333 444 tests were conducted in the public sector, with 8 438 being done within the last 24 hours.

Global statistics

Confirmed global cases stand at 5 854 923 and 359 902 deaths. More than 2 540 019 people have recovered from the virus, which was declared as a worldwide pandemic in January 2020.

The USA currently has the most cases – 1 757 116 confirmed cases and 102 793 confirmed deaths; a total of 494 722 citizens have recovered. Out of the 1 159 601 active cases, 17 182 are critical.

Brazil is now the second most-affected country after overtaking Russia, with 418 608 confirmed cases and 25 935 deaths. While 150 993 patients have recovered, about 2 300 of the 223 916 active cases are critical.



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