EDITORIAL NOTE: In our earlier story, we used “unaccounted” instead of “unknown”. We have since reangled the story and adjusted the headline.
South Africa recorded 11 233 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the cumulative number to 445 433.
Case data per province:
Gauteng still accounts for the highest number of cases provincially with 160 154 confirmed cases, accounting for 36% of the country’s total cases.
The country has recorded 114 new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing total deaths to 6 769.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that of the new deaths, seven are from Eastern Cape, 29 from Gauteng, 12 from KwaZulu-Natal, 30 from Western Cape, 34 from Limpopo and two from Northern Cape.
The Western Cape still accounts for the most deaths provincially, having recorded 2 875 COVID-19 related deaths.
On Sunday, the Health Department recorded 50 so-called unknown cases. This reflects the number of people whose results are positive, but whose physical addresses are still being verified.
The Minister has passed his condolences to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives to the virus and thanked the healthcare workers who daily risk their lives in the fight to combat the pandemic.
“This fight is about us behaving differently to how we did before COVID-19. There is now a new way of living. We need to say ‘I will make sure that I am protecting others, by protecting myself too,'” Mkhize said.
Tests and recoveries
South Africa has to date conducted 2 773 778, of which 42 966 were conducted in the last 24-hour cycle.
The private sector accounts for 57% of total tests with 1 574 086 tests while the public sector accounts for 47% of total tests with 1 199 692 tests.
265 077 people have recovered from the virus, translating to a 59.5% recovery rate.
Below is the full statement by Dr Zweli Mkhize on the latest COVID-19 stats.