The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 710 515, with 2 156  new cases reported in the last 24 hours.  The number of COVID-19 related deaths has increased by 102,  bringing the total number to 18 843.

” Of the 102 deaths reported today, 20 occurred in the past 48 hours,” says the Department of Health in a statement.

The country’s recoveries now stand at 642 560 which translates to a recovery rate of 90,4%.  The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 633 671.

Growing concern of a possible resurgence

There is growing concern about the possible resurgence of the virus in the country. Yesterday, Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize noted the increasing number of new cases across the country. He said that the country’s epidemiological reports show a 9.1% increase in new cases over the last seven days.

Professor Carin Runciman talks about the possible resurgence of the virus: