South Africa’s COVID-19 infections have surpassed the 100 000 mark after 4 288 new cases were reported on Monday (June 22).
The positive cases are now sitting at 101 590, while close to 2 000 people have lost their lives.
Of the new 61 COVID-19 related deaths reported, 39 are from the Western Cape, 18 from the Eastern Cape, three from KwaZulu-Natal and one from Limpopo, bringing the death toll to 1 991.
The current death toll is the highest recorded over a 24 hour period since the outbreak began in the country.
“We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased,” Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said.
According to the department, 1 353 176 tests have been completed, 25 116 of which were done in the last 24 hours.
While the number of infections is increasing, 53 444 people have recovered from the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 or the Coronavirus.
The Western Cape continues to be the worst-hit province, with over 51% of infections and the highest number of deaths.
The coastal province has 52 554 positive cases, followed by Gauteng with 22 341, Eastern Cape 16 895, KwaZulu-Natal 5 278, North West 2 315, Free State 772, Mpumalanga 596, Limpopo 582, Northern Cape 254 and three are still unknown.