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.
#COVID19 Statistics in SA as at 04 October .
Use the COVID Alert SA app to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. Start using this privacy preserving app today. Add your phone to the fight! Download the Covid Alert SA app now! https://t.co/8YKEqaiiRF pic.twitter.com/bQirKIxrjg
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) October 4, 2020
For LIVE updates on the Coronavirus pandemic, follow us on Twitter : @sacoronamonitor