We've updated the Coronavirus in South Africa dashboard to show the latest numbers. There were 354 new confirmed Covid-19 cases today, the largest daily increase yet, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 5,350. It's worth noting that 11,630 tests were conducted over the 24-hour period, which is by far the most tests done in a day. Sadly, 10 more people have died, bringing the total number of deaths to 103.
In Gauteng, two women and a man, all in their 80s, died, two of them had underlying pulmonary disease. In the Western Cape, four people died: a 33-year-old woman, with no previously diagnosed underlying conditions, and a 58-year-old woman, a 57-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman, all with underlying hypertension. In KwaZulu-Natal two people died: an 89-year-old woman, with underlying hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, and a 67-year-old woman, with underlying asthma and arthritis. In the Eastern Cape, a 39-year-old woman died, she was living with HIV, but in addition had tuberculosis and cryptococcal meningitis, according to the department of health's statement.
We've made a number of changes to the dashboard, some charts have been dropped because the department of health stopped releasing the data we need to update them regularly, eg, our deaths by age and deaths by gender graphs have gone for the moment. But we've added a few new charts: the active cases are now included in each of the provincial charts and we've added a new chart to show the "positivity rate". That's the daily percentage of positive cases per daily tests. We've also included a 7-day rolling average version of this, to smooth out the daily variations.
The African charts are not in the dashboard today, we are relooking at those, but they'll be back soon.
Scroll down for a quick overview or click here to view the full dashboard.
Total infections: 5,350
New infections since last update: 354
Total deaths: 103
Total people recovered: 2,073
Province with the most reported infections: Western Cape has 2,135 infections
Total number of tests done: 197,127
• Information on locally transmitted and external infections has not been made public since 22 March.
Testing in the provinces
Since we published a blog post about the number of Covid-19 cases in the provinces, many people have asked us how many tests have been done in each province. This is not data that is made public regularly but we do have data published in a report, titled "Progress on Covid-19: South Africa Public Health Response", by the Department of Health on 26 April that we have shared in the chart below.
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