MEC Bandile Masuku and Minister Zweli Mkhize visited Nasrec as part of monitoring state of readiness as COVID-19 cases increase in Gauteng and to support staff working during pandemic, 20 July 2020. Picture:Nigel Sibanda

Covid-19 update: Only 20 Covid-19 deaths reported, with 1,579 new cases identified

The total number of recoveries is 577,906 which translates 88,9%.


As of Sunday, 13 September, the total number of confirmed Covid- 19 cases is 649,793 with 1,579 new cases identified.

20 more Covid-19 deaths have been reported: 4 from KwaZulu-Natal, 6 from Gauteng, 4 from Eastern Cape and 6 from Western Cape.

The total number of deaths is 15,447 and the total number of recoveries is 577,906.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers that treated the deceased patients,” said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

Here are the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic:

Covid-19 has killed at least 921,097 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on Sunday.

At least 28,819,490 cases of Covid-19 have been registered. Of these, at least 19,133,300 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.

On Saturday, 4,806 new deaths and 284,827 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were India with 1,114 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 814 and the United States with 523.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 193,705 deaths from 6,486,401 cases. At least 2,434,658 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 131,210 deaths from 4,315,687 cases, India with 78,586 deaths from 4,754,356 cases, Mexico with 70,604 deaths from 663,973 cases, and the United Kingdom with 41,623 deaths from 365,174 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 93 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Belgium, 86, Spain, 64, Bolivia, 63, and Chile,62.

China – excluding Hong Kong and Macau – has to date declared 85,184 cases, including 4,634 deaths and 80,399 recoveries.

Continental numbers

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

Additional reporting from AFP