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6 months ago SA recorded its first Covid-19 case

CAPE TOWN- It has now been six months since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in South Africa, 681 289 cases have been confirmed in the country since then, as well as 16 976 deaths.

On Sunday, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize said 1 573 new people tested positive for Covid-19, while 38 people succumbed to the virus. Of the latest fatalities, 37 are from Gauteng and 1 from the Western Cape.

Much has happened in the country since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced what was to be a 21-day stay at home lockdown on 26 March. The country entered into lockdown level 1 on 20 September in an effort to reopen the economy.

During South Africa’s peak two months ago, at the height of the storm, the country was recording around 12,000 new cases a day. Now, an average of less than 2,000 cases are recorded daily, while recoveries are at 90%.

To date, South Africa has conducted 4 269 626 tests with 18 113 new tests conducted in the last 24 hours.

The Eastern Cape has a total of 89 853 cases, Free State 48 403, Gauteng 220 910, KwaZulu-Natal 119 608, Limpopo 15 803, Mpumalanga 27 591, North West 29 927, Northern Cape 17 746 and 111 448 in the Western Cape.

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