Health expert in infectious diseases from Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town, Professor Marc Mendelssohn, says the reason the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests conducted in the country have decreased now than about a month ago, is because there are less coronavirus transmissions.

The number of COVID19 related deaths now stands at 11 010, with more people dying in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of infections is at 568 919. The recovery rate now stands at 432 029 which translates to a recovery rate of 75,9%.

Professor Mendelssohn says, “The main reason is simply that there is less transmission therefore less symptomatic people, less people actually getting the virus which causes COVID19.  We’re doing less tests in the community. In our hospitals, we’re seeing this as well with the reduction in admissions, obviously it does depend on which province we’re talking about, but certainly in the Western Cape was the first to see this, where a hospital admissions are strikingly down and therefore we’re doing less tests in the hospitals.”

Below, COVID-19 statistics

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South Africa continues to see a drop in the number of new COVID-19 infections. This after the Department of Health confirmed 2 810 new COVID-19 cases since the last report. This is a massive drop to the country that once consistently recorded more than 10 000 cases daily.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 295 434 with 16 457 new tests conducted in the last 24 hours.

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