By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The South Africa National Institute of Communicable Diseases reported 13,951 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the outbreak total in the country to 421,996 confirmed cases. Community transmission is well-established, officials note.

Image/Alvaro1984 18

The South Africa COVID-19 outbreak is now ranked fifth in the world, with only the USA, Brazil, India and Russia ahead in terms of case numbers.

250 new COVID-19 related deaths: 13 from Eastern Cape, 139 from Gauteng, 50 from KwaZulu Natal, 1 from Free State and 47 from Western Cape. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 6,343, a number that is considered relatively low on a global scale.

Gauteng Province has now overtaken the Western Cape as the most affected province, with 153,020 cases (36.5%), compared to Western Cape at 90,011 cases (21%). However, Gauteng Province has reported 1326 deaths, against the Western Cape’s 2827 deaths.

On 12 July 2020, the South African President announced further tightening of lockdown regulations, reinforcing mandatory wearing of cloth masks in public and reintroducing a complete ban on alcohol sales and distribution, which had been lifted on 1 June 2020.

Subscribe to Outbreak News TV on YouTube

The South Africa Ministry of Health published a circular for provincial health departments and hospitals concerning the medical certification of COVID-19 deaths based on WHO guidelines. Read the circular HERE.