South Africa has recorded 3 105 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), breaching the 3 000 new daily cases for the first time since 21 August 2020. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 762 763.

Eastern Cape accounts for 54.4% of the new cases with 1 691 new cases.

In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has expressed concern that the national positivity rate reached 12% for the second time this week.

“Ideally, the positivity rate should be 10% or less and we have been able to maintain this since 6 September 2020,” says Dr Mkhize.

The Minister says the country has recorded 88 new deaths; bringing total deaths to 20 759. He has noted with concern the rising number of death cases recorded in the Eastern Cape.

“Eastern Cape 67, Free State 15, Gauteng 2, KwaZulu-Natal 1 and Western Cape 3. This brings the total to 20 759 deaths. We have noted that the number of new deaths being reported daily in the Eastern Cape is rising as well,” says Dr Mkhize.

Tests and recoveries

To date, South Africa has conducted 5 243 055 tests, with 29 019 recorded in the last 24-hour cycle.

The private sector accounts for 58%, 3 034 705 of tests while the public sector accounts for 42%, 2 208 350.

707 040 people have recovered from the virus, bringing the country’s recovery rate to 92.7%.

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