South Africa Overtakes China’s Total Covid-19 Cases, Now in World Top 20 List

South Africa’s number of positive Covid-19 cases has today – Thursday 18 June 2020 – surpassed the total number of cases in China, where the pandemic is believed to have begun. South Africa is now featured in the Top 20 list of countries with the most coronavirus cases in the world.

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Screenshot from Sheryn Nader: “South Africa passed China today in number of cases…. we are now in the top 20 most cases.”

SA Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced Thursday evening: “As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed #COVID19 cases is 83 890, the total number of deaths is 1737 and the total number of recoveries is 44 920.”

In China, the total number of coronavirus cases recorded is less than South Africa at 83,293. However the number of deaths is almost 3,000 higher at 4,634.

According to Worldometers the countries with the highest number of cases recorded are:


  1. USA – over two million – 2,255,271
  2. Brazil – 965,512
  3. Russia – 561,091
  4. India – 381,091
  5. UK – 300,469

After South Africa passed China on the list, one Twitter user (Warning) said: “Beijing had 158 new cases in the last week. They shut down all schools, canceled most flights, placed high-risk neighborhoods on lockdown. South Africa had 24,991 new cases in the last week. We’ll open restaurants, hotels, cinemas, casinos, etc.”

Dr Mkhize said South Africa’s death rate is currently at 2.1% while the recovery rate is 53.5%

Current Covid-19 Statistics in South Africa

Total Coronavirus Cases in South Africa by Province

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Total number of covid-19 related deaths and recoveries in South Africa

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