The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has breached the 300 000 mark to reach a cumulative total of 311 049 . In a statement, the Department of Health has also reported a further 107 COVID-19 related deaths.

“Four from KwaZulu-Natal; 12 from North West; 12 from Eastern Cape; 38 from Western Cape, and 41 from Gauteng province. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 4 453. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased.”

The number of recoveries is 160 693 which translates to a recovery rate of 51,7%.

So far, 2 278 127 coronavirus tests have been conducted.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa says they are still consulting with unions on their call for the closure of schools as the number of coronavirus infections continue to surge.

Unions have called for the total closure of schools saying hundreds of learners and teachers have contracted the virus since the reopening of schools.

Earlier, the World Health Organisation also warned against the reopening of schools in countries where infections are increasing.

Speaking during the second virtual Presidential Imbizo on coronavirus earlier this evening, Ramaphosa said they want to have a broader consensus on the matter.