COVID-19 Case Data
Waste Water Monitoring
The surveillance of waste water has the potential to play a key role in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wastewater-based epidemiology approach has been successfully used to track infectious diseases such as polio, hepatitis A and the norovirus, and for monitoring drugs and chemical contaminants that could affect human health.
The Water Research Commission (WRC), working with the Waterlab at the University of Pretoria and the CSIR, have already detected Covid-19 RNA signals from several wastewater plants in hot spots in Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and KwaZulu-Natal.
The South African Medical Research Council receives data on deaths recorded on the National Population Register on a weekly basis. In the context of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, SAMRC have estimated the number of deaths that have been in excess of what was expected based on the historical data from 2018 and 2019. Click the link to view.
52 vulnerability indicators have been identified from publicly available data sources including Health Systems Trust, National Census, 2016 Community Survey, and CSIR’s Green Book.
The spreadsheet provides a list of spatial indicators that can be used to map the potential high risk areas for spread of COVID-19, the vulnerability of people to the diseases, and the ability of the healthcare system to cope with the infected population. All links to download the data are provide as well as already made maps that can be embedded into a website as an iframe.
The following infographics have been developed to present an overview of the COVID-19 cases across South Africa and a downloadable version of the District Level Hotspot map that will form the basis of decision-making regarding the national lockdown level. These sets of infographics are no longer updated and have been archived.