Covid-19 update: Recoveries high; stats show higher mortality in blacks

Covid-19 update: Recoveries high; stats show higher mortality in blacks

South Africa's current Covid-19 recovery rate will soon see the country with less than 100 000 active cases. There have been more recoveries recorded with only 2 541 new cases. This positive news bodes well as the country enters Level 2 lockdown. explores the latest updates on the global pandemic.

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South Africa is recording many recoveries from Covid-19 and there may be less than 100 000 active cases should the trend continue. President Ramaphosa announced that the country would be entering Level 2 of the Covid-19 lockdown on Tuesday due to the declining infections and high recovery rate.

However, a disturbing report by the NICD has found that black and coloured people are more likely to die in hospital due to the coronavirus. explores the latest updates on the pandemic:

1. SA records high Covid-19 recovery rate

The Department of Health has reported that 2 541 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. Over 5 000 recoveries have been recorded within the same period. The department further reported that there have been 143 new Covid-19 deaths.

Fifty people died in the Eastern Cape, 32 in the Western Cape and 25 in Mpumalanga. Both Gauteng and KZN have recorded 14 deaths while the Free State has five and Northern Cape has three.

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2. NICD reports black and coloured people likely to die in hospital

A report by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has suggested that black and coloured people are more likely to die if hospitalised from Covid-19.

Covid-19 update: Recoveries rise, but black people more likely to die

Health Minister Zweli Mhkize has released the latest Covid-19 stats. Image: Supplied
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News24 reports that the study details analysis on data collected from 144 public and 236 private hospitals across the country.

3. Covid-19 misinformation fuels stigma

The UN recently held a discussion regarding misinformation and stigma around Covid-19. The discussion, held on Monday, 17 August, found that misinformation about the contraction of the novel coronavirus continues to perpetuate stigma about the virus.

News24 reported that UN resident coordinator in South Africa, Nardos Bakele-Thomas, said that the pandemic is sadly a breeding ground for the growth of misinformation. Bakele-Thomas went on to say that this misinformation needs to be fought.

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