Covid-19 in South Africa: How cases rose and fell over the course of two years.
Covid-19 infections, deaths, and lockdowns have lasted almost two years. South Africans have been infected in three waves so far, and are currently in the midst of a fourth.
The number of Covid-19 instances has fluctuated during the last two years. We look at examples from when lockdown began in 2020, a year ago, and a month ago, as well as current cases.
In a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the first lockdown in South Africa for 21 days. Ramaphosa announced on 23 March that the nation will go into lockdown for 21 days from March 27 to April 16, 2020. Of course, we know (and knew) that the lockdown was not going to last just three weeks.
On March 27, 2020, there were a total of 1170 Covid-19 cases reported. At the time, there was also one death related to Covid-19.
March was the start of the first Covid-19 wave in South Africa. It lasted nine months until November.
There were a total of 1 353 confirmed cases in March. There were five deaths and 31 recovered.
By December 2020, the National Institute For Communicable Diseases Of South Africa (NICD) said there was, “clear evidence of an exponential rise in transmission”, calling it a “cause for serious concern”.
On December 9, a cumulative total of 836 764 cases were reported with 8 166 new cases.
On this day, there were 173 more Covid-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 22 747 deaths.
A month prior, on November 10, the NICD reported 305 new Covid-19 cases in South Africa. This increase represented a 0.9% positivity rate. A further 48 Covid-19 related deaths were reported.
December 9, 2021
On December 3, 2021, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla confirmed that South Africa had officially entered the fourth wave. There was a sharp increase in cases in this month so far.
On December 9, the NICD reported a total of 22 391 new Covid-19 cases. This increase represented a 29.8% positivity rate.
As per the National Department of Health, a further 22 Covid-19 related deaths were reported, bringing total fatalities to 90 060 to date.
The government urged the public to get vaccinated, maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings.