COVID-19 deaths increase by 111, with 106 108 infections

South Africa has recorded 111 additional COVID-19 related fatalities on Tuesday, the biggest single-day increase since the outbreak, bringing the death toll to 2 102.

Of the new deaths, 78 are from the Western Cape, 28 from the Eastern Cape, four in KwaZulu-Natal and one in Mpumalanga.

The number of COVID-19 infections has jumped to 106 108 after 4 518 new cases were reported.

According to the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, 4 000 people are in hospital due to COVID-19 and are receiving different levels of treatment.

Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries is 55 045, which translates to a recovery rate of 51.9%, while the mortality rate is 2%, Mkhize said.

The country has conducted 1 382 772 tests, 29 596 of which were done in the last 24 hours.

The hardest-hit provinces include the Western Cape with 53 512 cases, followed by Gauteng with 24 041, Eastern Cape 18 108 and KwaZulu-Natal 5 625.

The North West has 2 454 cases, Free State 814, Mpumalanga 622, Limpopo 622 and Northern Cape 270.

During the Eastern Cape visit this week, Mkhize said more than 6 000 additional medical personnel have been employed to assist in the fight against the pandemic.

The department has increased bed capacity to over 27 000, secured 400 quarantine sites, deployed over 50 000 community healthcare works and screened almost 20 million people.

The department said the country currently has a capacity of 7 134 ventilators, while 20 000 more have been ordered.

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, there are 8 993 659 positive cases reported and 469 587 deaths globally.

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