South Africa has recorded 1 050 new coronavirus cases. This brings the total number of cases to 706 304.

The country has also recorded 164 new COVID-19 related fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 18 656.

In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says most of the new deaths were recorded in Gautemg.

“Regrettably, we report 164 more COVID-19 related deaths: 46 from Eastern Cape, 41 from the Free State, 52 from Gauteng, 1 from Mpumalanga, 2 from Northern Cape, 8 from Western Cape,

9 from KwaZulu Natal and 5 from Limpopo,” says Dr Mkhize.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 581 346.

Recoveries now stand at 639 568 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

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