Media Statement

As of today the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 615 485.

ProvinceTotal cases for 17 May 2021Percentage total
Eastern Cape19661012,2
Free State949605,9
North West711954,4
Northern Cape449432,8
Western Cape28987017,9

 Testing Data

 The number of tests conducted to date is 11 134 553. Of these 19 505 tests were conducted since the last report

SectorTotal tested New tested 
PRIVATE6 258 68656%11 45059%
PUBLIC4 875 86744%8 05541%
Total11 134 553 19 505 

Deaths and Recoveries

Today, 50 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 4, Free State 30, Gauteng 6, Kwa-Zulu Natal 0, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 0, North West 0, Northern Cape 8 and Western Cape 2 which brings the total to 55 260  deaths.We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients.

The cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 526 638 representing a recovery rate of 94,5%.

ProvinceTotal DeathsTotal RecoveriesActive Cases
Eastern Cape11619184 660331
Free State404885 1015 811
Gauteng10881416 7617 679
KwaZulu-Natal10459322 9074 724
Limpopo233661 766360
Mpumalanga142177 5571 056
North West179864 4894 908
Northern Cape98737 7976 159
Western Cape11711275 6002 559
Total55 2601 526 63833 587


Vaccination Rollout:

Phase two vaccination rollout proceeded reasonably well today, notwithstanding some challenges experienced in the respective provinces, of which load-shedding and violent protests in the Free State were the most impactful.

Although most of the sites were able to proceed, a large number of vaccinations were captured on paper and the numbers are still being reconciliated. In addition the numbers vaccinated at old age homes still need to be captured. We will therefore al- low for this reconciliation over the course of the next 24 hours and will announce the numbers vaccinated in phase two as from tomorrow. In due course we will launch a public facing dashboard that will publish the numbers near real time.

A number of sector leaders aged 60 years and above came forward to be vaccinated publicly. We express our heartfelt gratitude for their patriotism and leadership as we know that this will assist us to build confidence in the vaccines and in the vaccination process.

We continue to encourage health care workers, including traditional healers, and citi- zens 60 years and above to register and attend when they have been invited.

Dr. Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health

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