South Africa has recorded 1 178 new cases, bringing the total number to 694 537. The Department of Health has also announced 165 more COVID-19 related deaths.

“Thirty-one from Eastern Cape; 28 from the Free State; 50 from KwaZulu Natal; 31 from Gauteng; five from Limpopo; four from Mpumalanga; five from Northern Cape and 11 from Western Cape,” says the department in a statement.

The total number of COVID-19 fatalities is now 18 028.

“Of the 163 deaths reported today, 18 occurred in the past 24-48 hours: 3 in the Eastern Cape; one in Mpumalanga; two in Gauteng; two from Northern Cape and 10 in the Western Cape.”

The  recoveries now stand at 625 574 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.