COVID-19 update

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, as of 31 March 2020, confirms 46 new additional cases that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the causative pathogen for COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa to 1 353. Of the 46 newly tested cases, 22 were identified in Gauteng, nine in Western Cape, seven in KwaZulu-Natal, three in Limpopo, three in Mpumalanga and two in Free State provinces, respectively.

The total provincial COVID-19 cases breakdown is as follows:

Province Total cases as at Monday 31 March 2020 00:00
Eastern Cape 12
Free State 74
Gauteng 633
KwaZulu-Natal 179
Limpopo 14
Mpumalanga 12
North West 8
Northern Cape 6
Western Cape 325
Not reported 90
Total 1353


The current mortality rate of the impact of COVID-19 in South Africa stands at 0.37%, accounting for five deaths. The NICD wishes to send its deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. To date, the total number of laboratory conducted tests for COVID-19 stand at 41 072.

We wish to encourage South Africans to continue to heed to preventative measures to assist in flattening the COVID-19 transmission curve. While it is still early to make findings, we understand that the rate of the transmission in South Africa is expected to decline, following a number of interventions that have been put into place.

For more information on COVID-19 visit the NICD website on

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