Thursday, December 31, 2020

SA records highest number of daily infections

South Africa entered day 280 of the nationwide lockdown on Wednesday, and the country recorded the highest daily infections in a single day.

17 710 new cases were recorded, bringing South Africa’s total confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 1 039 161, indicating a positivity rate of 33%.

“The positivity rate, being an indicator of the rapidity of spread, remains of major concern,” said Health Minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize.

465 more people succumbed to the coronavirus. Of these deaths, the Western Cape recorded the most fatalities with 165, followed by KwaZulu-Natal 144, 88 were recorded in Eastern Cape, Gauteng 41, Limpopo 16, Northern Cape 7, Free State 4.

This brings the total COVID-19 death toll to 28 033 deaths.

“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased,” said the Minister.

A cumulative 6 553 761 tests have been conducted with 53 279 tests completed since the last report.

Recoveries currently stand at 867 597, which translates to a recovery rate of 83%.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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