As of today (May 19), the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 17 200.
The Western Cape has become the first province to reach four digit figures in positive cases, now sitting at 10639.
According to the Health department, 488 609 have been conducted with 13 538 done in the last 24 hour cycle. About 58% of tests were conducted in public health facilities.
Reported deaths and recoveries
“Regrettably we report a further 26 COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 312,” said Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.
Sadly, Northern Cape has reported its first death.
“We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who cared for the deceased,” Dr Mkhize said.
The total number of recoveries to date is 7960.
Although having the highest level of positive cases, the Western Cape still leads recovery rate countrywide at 4363.