Statistics revealed by the Health Department show that 755 children under the age of nine have contracted COVID-19.

This accounts for 2.8 % of the total number of cases which now stands at 27403.

The age group of between 10 and 19-years-old accounts for 1147 of the overall cases.

Statistics released on Thursday evening show that another 25 people have died due to COVID-19, increasing the death toll nationally to 577.

Of the latest deaths is an employee of the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) who died on Thursday due to COVID-19

The recoveries to date are 14370 which translates to a recovery rate of 52.4%.

Public behaviour will determine the infection rate

Public Health Medicine Registrar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Velile Ngidi, says ultimately, public behaviour will determine whether the rate of infection increases or not.

Ngidi says, “The expectation is that as we reduce the level of lockdown and peoples movements are less restricted, we are expecting an increase in transmission but the hope is that people have had time to get used to non-pharmaceutical interventions like hand washing, hand sanitizers, physical distancing that is what we are relying on, human behaviour that people do what they are supposed to be doing.”

INFOGRAPHIC: SA COVID-19 statistics:

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COVID-19 cases in Chris Hani District

Eastern Cape health authorities say poor lockdown compliance in the Chris Hani District has contributed significantly to the rapid increase in the number of patients in the province.

Home-brewed liquor and a lack of social distancing are also cited as factors.

The district has over 300 known infections and 14 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

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