South Africa has recorded 60 more COVID-19 related deaths as the number of confirmed cases increased by 2 642, the Department of Health says on Friday. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 43 434.
The 60 new deaths also mean the country is nearing the 1000-death mark, currently at 908.
This comes a day after the country registered a record number of new cases at 3 267 since the beginning of the pandemic.
A total of 850 871 tests have been processed cumulatively of which 30 196 tests have been conducted since the last report.
The recoveries to date are 23 088 this translates to a recovery rate of 53,2%.
The Western Cape continues to be the epicentre of the virus in the country, accounting for 66.3% of the total number of cases. This is with a total of 28 807 confirmed cases. On a positive note, the province has also seen 16 433 recoveries.
But the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the province stands at 704.
In the video below, President Ramaphosa addresses lack of medical staff in Western Cape: