South Africa has recorded 43 more coronavirus related deaths, bringing the total to 524.

There are currently 24 264 cases of coronavirus in the country. The Western Cape accounts for 65. 2% of the total number of cases.

More than 600 000 tests have been conducted, 9 214 of which were done in the last 24 hours.

The department says South Africa is currently facing a shortage of testing reagents. “We are, however, continuing our efforts to secure these reagents from different suppliers over the world.”

Below is a breakdown of the stats:




Colder weather and COVID-19

Meanwhile a Durban-based general practitioner Dr Prithi Ramlachan says there are no scientific findings confirming the relation between colder weather and an increased risk of COVID-19 infections.

The first heavy cold front of winter made landfall in the Cape Peninsula this week, bringing with it concerns over cold-related viruses. Ramlachan says there are various viral infections that develop during cold weather.

“The important facet of good health in any outbreak or virus is important for patients. And the reason for that is that if you are healthy,  you are able to mount a good response to any virus that affects you, whether it’s coronavirus, whether it’s the flu virus. Whether it’s the cold or any of those, at least you know your body will be good and healthy to mount a response against it.”