• August 6, 2020

Soweto Has Highest Covid-19 Cases in Gauteng – 60 Deaths & 4,709 Cases

Soweto has the highest number of Covid-19 related cases and deaths in the Gauteng province in South Africa – 4,709 cases and 60 deaths.

Gauteng has 47% of South Africa’s current active cases, with 55 000 active cases.

The Gauteng Provincial Coronavirus Command Council said on Friday that there have been 60 people who have been killed by Covid-19 in Soweto alone.

Gauteng has 515 Covid-19 related deaths, with recoveries about 27,000 recoveries.

As at Thursday night, the province recorded 6531 new cases, the highest single day increase since the virus arrived in South Africa in March.

Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku said 339 (or 65%) of the province’s Covid-19 fatalities were people aged between 50 and 79, with most victims being of the male gender.

The data also showed that diabetes and hypertension comorbidities accounted for 281 (or 54%) deaths.

“281 (54%) of deaths have either or both Diabetes and Hypertension, with most of these having Hypertension 115 (22%), both 101 (20%), then Diabetes 65 (13%), 115 (22%) have zero or unknown comorbidities, while 57 (11%) have other comorbidities,” the report said.

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The Gauteng government also said a majority of those who died from the virus, died within seven days of admission to a hospital.

352 (68%) of deaths happen with a week of diagnosis/admission
244 (47%) within 3 days
205 (39%) within two days,
137 (26%) within a day or hours of diagnosis/admission.
126 (24%) happen after a week or more of diagnoses/admission.
Gauteng has also tested 705 000 out of the countries more than 1.9 million Covid-19 tests. At a distant second is the Western Cape, which has tested just under 380 000 and KZN, with just over 281 000 tests.

GAUTENG BREAKDOWN

Total Cases
Total Deaths
Recoveries
Active
Gauteng
81546
515
26438
54593
Johannesburg
38045
234
15478
22333
Ekurhuleni
18100
95
5844
12161
Tshwane
13246
82
3061
10103
West Rand
5266
52
1412
3802
Sedibeng
3888
52
643
3193

Unallocated: 3001

In terms of the death age analysis, most of the province’s fatalities are people aged over 50, but there deaths across all age categories, except for those aged 10-19.

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AGE DEATHS

0-9 7

10-19 0

20-29 10

30-39 38

40-49 47

50-59 104

60-69 120

70-79 115

80-89 45

90+ 16

Unknown 13

When tracking the Covid-19 by suburb in each district, the following suburbs/sub-regions had the most deaths and active cases.

JOBURG

Region D – Doornkop, Soweto, Dobsonville, Protea Glen – 4709 active cases, 60 deaths
Region F – Inner City, Johannesburg South – 4119 active, 50 deaths
Region E – Alexandra, Wynberg, Sandton, Orange Grove and Houghton – 3937 active cases, 36 deaths
TSHWANE

Tshwane 3 – Atteridgeville, Laudium, Pretoria CBD, Hercules, Danville, Saulsville, Lotus, Pretoria West – 2983 active cases, 22 deaths
Tshwane 4 – Lyttelton, Eldoraigne, Waterkloof, Olievenhoutbosch, Rooihuiskraal, Lyttleton, Silverton, Centurion, Brooklyn, Hatfield – 2197 active cases, 4 deaths
Tshwane 6 – Eesterus, Lethabong, Mamelodi, Silverlakes, Garsfontein, Lynnwood, Queenswood, Wilgers, Watloo, Equestria, Mooikloof, Brummeria – 1987 active cases, 15 deaths
Tshwane’s Region 1 – which has suburbs including Ga Rankuwa and Pretoria North, also recorded 22 deaths.

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EKURHULENI

South 1 – Alberton, Brackenhurst, Eden Park, Primrose, Germiston, Leondale, Dawn Park, Tswelopele, Vosloorus, Villa Liza – 3060 active cases, 18 deaths
North 2 – Bedfordview, Benoni Boksburg, Chief Albert Luthuli, Dan Kubheka, Edenvale, Endayeni, Esangweni, Itireleng, Kemston, Lethabong, Ramaphosa, Reiger Park, Van Dyk Park – 2827 active cases, 22 deaths
North 1 – Birchleigh, Birchleigh North, Bonaero Park, Crystal Park, Erin, Ethafeni, Kempton Park, Olifantsfontein, Tembisa, Winnie Mandela – 2341 active cases, 30 deaths
OTHERS

Mogale City – 30 deaths, 2223 active cases

Merafong City – 15 deaths, 636 active cases

Rand West City – 7 deaths, 849 active cases

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