South Africa has recorded 2 029 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to 659 656. Gauteng still accounts for most of the country’s cases provincially with 217 116 (32.9%) cases, while the Northern Cape has recorded the least cases provincially with 14 731 (2.2%) cases.

The country has also recorded 83 new COVID-19 related fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 15 940.

Most of the new deaths were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal. The province recorded 52 of the 88 COVID-19 related deaths.

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“Regrettably, we report 83 more COVID-19 related deaths: four from Eastern Cape 52 from KwaZulu-Natal, five from Gauteng, four from Western Cape and 18 from Limpopo. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 15 940. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.

The Western Cape has recorded the most deaths provincially with 4 111 COVID-19 related deaths, while the Northern Cape has recorded the least deaths with 184 fatalities.

Tests and recoveries

A total number of 4 024 659 tests have been conducted to date in the country, with 21 069 new tests conducted in the last 24-hour cycle. The public sector accounts for 1 741 254 (43%) tests while the private sector accounts for 2 283 405 (57%) of total tests.

A total of 589 434 people have recovered from the virus, bringing the country’s recovery rate to 89.3%.

Below is the full statement by Dr Zweli Mhize: