The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. According to the Health Ministry, 2 488 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 47 382 with recoveries at 1 377 980.

COVID-19 update: 11 February 2021
Breakdown of new confirmed COVID-19 cases
As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 2 488 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (3 159 on 10 February 2020). Unfortunately, we also lost 237 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 46 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 25 from the Free State, 82 from Gauteng, 36 from KwaZulu-Natal, 12 from Limpopo, 19 from Mpumalanga, 17 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry recorded 8 605 729 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 32 265 were done during the past 24 hours: 16 097 at public facilities and 16 168 at private facilities.

New cases, deaths and recoveries by province
The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:

ProvinceTotal Cases in South AfricaTotal DeathsTotal RecoveriesActive Cases currentlyEastern Cape193 14611 074179 9842 088Free State78 2472 94167 6337 673Gauteng396 5608 949380 6216 990KwaZulu-Natal323 1589 246293 37020 542Limpopo60 2701 62956 7011 940Mpumalanga68 1251 15264 6772 296North West59 0041 02752 7605 217Northern Cape32 862613 28 7073 542Western Cape273 52810 751253 5279 250Unallocated0COVID-19 updates from South Africa
President Cyril Ramaphosa during his 2021 State of the Nation Address (SONA) address the COVID-19 Ters benefit, saying it will be extended until 15 March 2021. This to rebuilt the economy in the midst of a pandemic

He said businesses in several sectors “are still struggling and many families continue to suffer as the job market slowly recovers”. Read more here.

“Over the last few months, we have had ongoing discussions with our social partners in business and labour, who proposed an extension of some of the social and economic support”.

On the downside, Spain announced that it would be extending it’s travel ban to visitors from South Africa. The country implemented the ban on 3 February 2021, according to Spain’s Health Minister Carolina Darias.

We hope that the the Healthcare Heroes drive will lift your spirits again. The drive aims to distribute the handwritten cards and letters to healthcare workers across South Africa while also fundraising for COVID relief.

Benita Enoch, founder of the Durban based start-up, Cardiology Greeting Cards explained that this will be to “bring encouragement to South Africa’s Health Care Workers by distributing 20 000 handwritten letters and cards of appreciation”.

“Simple acts of kindness accomplish exceedingly and abundantly good things for the human spirit.”

Benita Enoch, founder of Cardiology Greeting Cards
COVID-19 updates from around the world
AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine update
Global: The World Health Organisation warned against rash reopenings despite a fall in new COVID-19 cases in Europe. There’s still a long battle ahead before vaccines can tame the pandemic.

Paris: French MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo has gone public on his brush with COVID-19 in December, telling AFP on Thursday 11 February that it was “the most difficult week” of his life.

Norway: The International Ski Federation (FIS) announced on 11 February that all remaining World Cups in Norway were cancelled due to new COVID-19-related government restrictions.

United States: The US will see this year its second-largest budget deficit since World War II, while the federal debt will continue to climb beyond GDP, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate

Zambia: Debt-distressed Zambia began talks on Thursday with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a possible bailout loan after it defaulted on two interest payments over the past three months.

Global statistics
At the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 108,159,724, with the death toll at 2,373,711 and recoveries at 80,159,705.

The US is the worst-affected with 485,543 deaths from 27,961,263 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 155,476 deaths from 10,879,826 cases, and Brazil with 235,185 deaths from 9,671,832.

Russia has 78,687 deaths from 4,027,748 cases while the UK recorded 115,529 deaths from 3,998,655 cases. South Africa is currently 16th on the list, preceded by Iran, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and France.