WEEKLY EPIDEMIOLOGICAL BRIEF
This report summarises data from national laboratory-based surveillance that is used to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. This report is based on data collected up to 28 November 2020 (week 48 of 2020).
- As of 28 November 2020, a total of 787 702 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 21 477 deaths have been detected in South Africa.
- In the past week, Eastern Cape Province (92.9 cases per 100 000 persons), followed by Western Cape Province (77.3 cases per 100 000 persons), Northern Cape Province (13.7 cases per 100 000 persons), KwaZulu-Natal Province (12.6 cases per 100 000 persons), and Gauteng Province (10.6 cases per 100 000 persons), reported the highest weekly incidence risk. The weekly incidence risk in all the other provinces was less than 10 cases per 100 000 persons.
- The increase in number of cases from Eastern Cape Province in the past few weeks was mainly due to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases from Nelson Mandela Bay District and Sarah Baartman District, with peak weekly incidence risk reported during the resurgence higher than that reported from these districts during the first wave.
- The increase in numbers of cases in Western Cape Province in recent weeks was driven by a resurgence in COVID-19 cases reported mainly from Garden Route District with incidence risk in week 48 (293.8 cases per 100 000 persons) much higher than the peak weekly incidence risk during the first wave (179.9 cases per 100 000 persons in week 30). City of Cape Town and Central Karoo also contributed to the resurgence.
- Provincial summary by districts and age group can be accessed HERE