With 7 292 new confirmed cases recorded on Friday, South Africa’s COVID-19 cumulative total number rises to 545 476.

The country records 305 COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 9 909.

According to the Health Department, 57 of the deaths are from Eastern Cape, 136 from Gauteng, 76 from KwaZulu Natal, 29 from Western Cape and 7 from Northern Cape.

The number of recoveries currently stands at 394 759 which translates to a recovery rate of 72%.

 

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Gauteng has the highest number of COVID-19 infections in the country with 189 159 confirmed cases with 2 524 deaths.  But Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the recovery rate in the province has increased to 70% and the number of active cases has dropped significantly.

“When we have fewer active cases and we have more recoveries, it’s a good story. It is comforting that as of this week, the recoveries in Gauteng are at 70%. There was a period between June and July were the active cases were at 65%. And now the number of active cases is at 29%.”

Makhura says that while this is good news, the worst is far from over. He says the highest number of COVID-19 infections in the province is in densely-populated Soweto.