South Africa

South Africa’s first case of COVID-19 was discovered on 5 March — a traveller returned from Italy. The number of cases grew rapidly throughout March. The government imposed a nationwide lockdown beginning 27 March by which time there were 1,170 reported cases. Case growth slowed in April and the lockdown is scheduled to continue to the end of the month.

Key statistics

  • Confirmed cases


  • Cases per 100,000 people


  • Deaths


  • Recovered cases


  • Days since first case


  • Days since 100 cases


  • Days since highest daily increase


These statistics were last updated for 15 May 2020 and are drawn from the Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Cases dataset, published by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University, via API by Laeyoung.

Government of South Africa COVID-19 policies

Last updated 1 May 2020


Medical products and medicines

Health services

Testing and tracing

Healthcare workers



Emergency government

19 March 2020

Public information

International cooperation


Public services

Policing and justice

Movement of people

Physical distancing

21 March 2020

Border measures

Domestic travel

Citizens abroad


Industry interventions

Business support

Financial markets and monetary policy


Food and necessities

21 April 2020

Wage and income support


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