South Africa has recorded 1 770 new coronavirus cases. This brings the total number of cases to 698 184.

The country has also recorded 158 new COVID-19 related fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 18 309.

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

“Regrettably, we report 158 more COVID-19 related deaths: 22 from Eastern Cape, 19 from the Free State, 38 from KwaZulu Natal, 70 from Gauteng, 5 from Limpopo and 4 from Western Cape,” says Dr Mkhize.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 481 354.

Recoveries now stand at 628 301 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.