COVID-19 latest: New cases increase by 2 642, deaths now at 908

As we make our way through lockdown level 3, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize warned South Africans who are returning to their workplaces “not to forget basic COVID-19 prevention measures.

COVID-19 update: Friday, 5 June 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa’s cumulative COVID-19 caseload now stands at 43 434; an increase of 2 642 new cases since Thursday, 4 June 2020.

Unfortunately, an additional 60 deaths were also reported, bringing the total deaths in South Africa to 908. Minister Mkhize confirmed that 23 088 people have recovered from COVID-19. He said:

Regrettably, we report 60 more COVID-19 related deaths: 7 from Gauteng and 53 from Western Cape. This brings the total national deaths to 908. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased.”

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

To date, there has been two deaths in the 0 to 9 age group, with the bulk of fatalies falling withing the 50 to 59 and 60 to 69 age groups.

Age Deaths Percentage
0 – 9 2 0.2
10 – 19 3 0.3
20 – 29 7 0.8
30 – 39 50 5.5
40 – 49 105 11.6
50 – 59 230 25.3
60 – 69 247 27.2
70 – 79 169 18.6
80 – 89 75 8.3
90 – 99 20 2.2
Gender Distribution
Male % Female % Total
481 427 908

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 Deaths Recoveries
Gauteng 5 215 40 2 344
Western Cape 28 807 704 16 433
KwaZulu Natal 2 936 55 1 378
Free State 336 9 123
Eastern Cape 5 240 95 2 460
Limpopo 215 3 3
Mpumalanga 169 0 94
North West 409 1 73
Northern Cape 102 1 34
Unallocated 5 0 0

Tests and screening

As of today, a total of 850 871 tests have been conducted, of which 30 196 were done in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted in the private sector stands at 415 742, of which 13 554 were done in the last 24 hours.

In addition,435 129 tests were conducted in the public sector, with 16 642 being done within the last 24 hours.

Global COVID-19 news: Total cases, US protests

At the time of publishing, global figures exceeded 6.7 million confirmed cases – 6 779 216 to be exact – with the death toll now standing at 395 718 and 3 304 561 recoveries.

The USA still has the most confirmed cases as it nears a cumulative of 2 million. Currently: 1 937 833 cases, 110 745 deaths and 715 511 recoveries. The country currently has 17 083 critical cases.

Brazil has the second-most cases, globally, with 621 877 confirmed cases, 34 212 deaths and 288 652 recoveries, while Russia has 449 837 confirmed cases, 5 528 deaths and 212 680 recoveries.



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