The latest daily figures from the Health Department showed on Wednesday that South Africa’s death toll from confirmed cases has risen to 1 674, an increase of 49.
“Regrettably, we report a further 49 COVID-19 related deaths- 6 from Eastern Cape and 43 from Western Cape. We wish to convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased. The mortality rate is 2.1%,” says the Department in a statement.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 80 412 and the total number of recoveries to date is 44 331. This translates to a recovery rate of 55.1%.
“Therefore, we currently have 34 407 active cases.”
The increase of 4 078 is the second-highest increase recorded in a 24-hour period and follows the current pattern of infections observed in the country.
The Western Cape has recorded a total of 46 555 cases followed by Gauteng at 14 620 and the Eastern Cape with 11 919.
Of the 49 deaths recorded on Wednesday, 6 were from the Eastern Cape while 43 were recorded in the Western Cape.
The breakdown of the stats:
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said nearly a third of all confirmed cases have been recorded in the last week alone, while more than half of all confirmed cases have been recorded over the last two weeks.
Ramaphosa also raised concern over the transmission in the Eastern Cape warning that the province may record the second-highest number of infections in the coming weeks.
While the country remains on Level-3 lockdown, the President announced that other sectors of the economy will re-open. This includes cinemas and salons.
“The cabinet has decided to ease restrictions on certain other economic activities and these activities include restaurants for sit-down meals, cinemas, and theatre’s casino, hairdressers and beauty services non-contact sports such as tennis contact sports will be allowed only for training and modified activities.”
Below is President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address :