Thirty-two more people have died from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa as confirmed cases climbed up to 30 967. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the total number of COVID-19 related deaths now stands at 643.

Males account for 52.6% (338) of the deaths while females account for 47.4% (305).

The Western Cape has recorded the most COVID-19 related deaths with 465 deaths followed by the Eastern Cape with 82 deaths.

Mpumalanga is the only province that has not recorded any death.

The age group that accounts for most deaths is 60-69 years, which has seen 169 COVID-19 related deaths. The 0-19 age group has the least deaths.

Dr Mkhize says 1 727 new cases have been reported from the last 24 hour testing cycle.

The Western Cape still has the most cases, accounting for 65.1% of the country’s total cases with 20 160 cases. The province is followed by Gauteng, which accounts for 12.2% of total cases after recording 3 773 cases.

The Eastern Cape, which has raised concerns over its readiness to deal with the pandemic, follows closely behind by Gauteng with 3 759 cases. The province accounts for 12.1% of the country’s total cases.

The Northern Cape has the lowest number of COVID-19 cases provincially with 57 cases, accounting for 0.2% of the country’s total cases.

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33 confirmed cases remain unallocated.

Dr Mkhize says a total of 701 883 total tests have been conducted, 50% by the public sector and 50% by the private sector.

16 116 recoveries have been made, which is 52% of the total cases.

Below is the full statement by Dr Zweli Mkhize.