COVID-19 cases rise to 32 683; 40 more deaths recorded

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The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa country has risen to 32 683 after the country recorded 1 716 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The Department of Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says 40 more COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded, bringing the total death toll in the country to 683.

The Western Cape remains the province with the most COVID-19 cases in the country, accounting for 65.4% having recorded 21 382 confirmed cases. The province also accounts for 503 of the SA’s total deaths.

Dr Mkhize says a total of 725 125 tests conducted in the country 23 242 of those tests having been conducted in the last 24 hour cycle.

A total of 16 809 people have recovered from the virus, bringing the country’s recovery rate to 51.4%.



Below is the full statement by Minister Zweli Mkhize. 

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says just over 800 people in the province have been hospitalised due to COVID-19, with nearly 200 being treated in Intensive Care Units or high care facilities.

In the video below, Alan Winde says Western Cape schools are ready to reopen: