254 people died of COVID-19 in SA over the past 24-hour cycle

South Africa has recorded 10 939 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed cases to 912 477.

The country also saw 254 more people succumbing to the virus. Of these, 85 were from the Eastern Cape, 74 from the Western Cape, 61 from KwaZulu-Natal, 18 from Gauteng, 12 from the Free State and 4 more people died of the coronavirus in Limpopo.

This brings the COVID-19 death toll in South Africa to 24 539.

There are currently 100 156 active coronavirus cases across the country, with the bulk of these coming from the Western Cape with 32 889 cases.

Good news is that 787 782 people recovered from the coronavirus in South Africa.

Millions of people in England and Italy will celebrate Christmas under tough new coronavirus restrictions as Europe battles a winter surge including a more infectious new strain.

AFP reports that Europe has become the first region in the world to pass 500 000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic broke out a year ago.