As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 5, 350, an increase of 354 cases from yesterday.
“This is the highest number of cases in a 24-hour cycle recorded to date and represents a 73% increase relative to the day before COVID-19,” said Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize.
The total number of tests conducted to date is 197 127, of which 11 630 were done in the last 24 hours.
“This is the highest number of tests done in a 24 hour period, representing a 66% increase relative to the previous day’s tally,” said Mkhize.
“Regrettably, we report a further 10 deaths today from Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape.”
This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 103, Gauteng 3, Western Cape 4, KwaZulu Natal 2, Eastern Cape 1.
“We sadly note that one of the deceased patients from the Western Cape was a registered nurse who worked for the Department of Health. Her passing will be sorely felt as we regard all our health workers as precious frontline soldiers of this battle against COVID-19.
“We also mention that this was a community transmission and did not occur within a health facility. We convey our condolences to the families of the deceased and appreciate the health workers who treated the deceased patients.”
The number of new cases in the Western Cape has almost doubled from 133 the day before to 264 today. This was also the highest number of new cases in the province in any 24-hour cycle.