Deaths in SA increase by 315, food insecurity in Africa rises


The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Thursday 30 July that SA’s cumulative caseload increasedy by 11 046 along with 315 deaths.

COVID-19 in South Africa: Thursday 30 July 2020

Minister Mkhize confirmed that that South Africa’s caseload now stands at 482 169. This is an increase of 11 046 since Wednesday, 29 July. In addition, the recovery rate is now 64%, after a total of 309 601 patients recovered.

Unfortunately, a further 315 deaths were reported, which brings the total deaths in South Africa to 7 812. Per province: 121 from Eastern Cape, 96 from Gauteng, 55 from KwaZulu Natal, 34 from Western Cape and 9 from North West.

We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased.

Minister Mkhize.

A total of 44 886 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours: 26 776 from the private sector and 18 110 from the public sector. In total, 2 918 049 tests have been conducted since the novel coronavirus first broke out.

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 171 574 1 932 111 061
Western Cape 94 440 3 017 78 921
KwaZulu Natal 73 919 767 32 483
Free State 20 398 154 2 178
Eastern Cape 77 055 1 700 63 903
Limpopo 8 240 67 4 700
Mpumalanga 13 280 65 6 854
North West 18 811 81 8 160
Northern Cape 4 402 29 1 341
Unallocated 50 0 0

Hunger on the increase in southern Africa

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) released a report highlighting that nearly 45 million people in 13 countries in southern Africa are food-insecure as a result of drought, flood and the impatt of coronavirus.

This is an increase of nearly 10% since 2019. The report indicated that common climate-induced shocks, economic challenges and poverty “have been further exacerbated by the devastating impact of COVID-19 on communities”.

Not only that, coronavirus restrictions affected business activity and employment in South Africa and Africa. The findings also show that the food insecurity will “likely” continue to rise.

“This has been particularly evident in the urban poor, who rely heavily on livelihoods from the informal sector and local markets. It is likely that the projected number of the food insecure will rise further.”

More than 8.4 million children are likely to suffer from acute malnutrition across the region in 2020, while 2.3 million “will require life-saving treatment”.

While President Ramaphosa assured the country during his recent address that children relying on school meals for nutrition will continue to be fed, other regions in Africa are not capable of keeping feeding programmes up and running.

As reported by AFP, South Africa is the worst-hit country among SADC members.

Global COVID-19 news and statistics

There are 19 300 933 confirmed cases in the world, along with 672 368 deaths and 10 798 545 recoveries. On Thursday, it was reported that Brazillian doctors would be the first to test the “most promising” COVID-19 vaccine.

Speaking to AFP, 53-year-old paediatrician Monica Levi said she wants to contribute through science. Levi is one of 5 000 volunteers to test a vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca.

Levi works at the Specialised Clinic for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases and Immunisations (Cedipi) in Sao Paulo, the epicentre of the outbreak, where 2 556 207 people have been infected and 90 212 patients have lost their lives.

Top 10 hardest hit countries

Country Confirmed cases New cases Death toll Recoveries Active cases Critical cases
1 USA 4 590 809 22 772 154 634 2 250 140 2 186 305 18 848
2 Brazil 2 556 207 685 90 212 1 787 419 678 576 8 318
3 India 1 632 422 48 038 35 712 1 029 069 567 641 8 944
4 Russia 834 499 5 509 13 802 629 655 191 072 2 300
5 SA 482 169 11 049 7 812 309 601 164 756 539
6 Mexico 408 449 5 752 45 361 267 147 95 941 3 922
7 Peru 400 683 18 816 280 044 101 823 1 427
8 Chile 351 575 9 278 324 557 17 740 1 529
9 Spain 332 510 2 789 28 443 n/a n/a 617
1 UK 302 301 846 45 961 n/a n/a 94

Also read — Western Cape estimated to lose 167 000 jobs and R720m worth of revenue during 2020





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