South Africa recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases in one day, as 8 728 people tested positive, bringing the national total to 168 061.

In addition to the new cases, 95 more deaths were recorded on Thursday (July 2).

Of the 95 COVID-19 related deaths, 12 are from the Eastern Cape, 38 from Gauteng, 16 from KwaZulu-Natal and 29 from the Western Cape.

“This brings the total national deaths to 2 844, with a mortality rate of 1.7%.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased,” said the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

To date, there are 81 999 recoveries, which translates to a recovery rate of 48.8%.

With 64 841cases in the Western Cape, 49 937 in Gauteng and 30 603 in Eastern Cape, the three provinces lead the national statistics, with the highest number of Coronavirus cases in the country.

As of Thursday, Free State recorded 1 886 cases, KwaZulu-Natal 11 669, Limpopo 1 286, Mpumalanga 1 478, North West 4 788 and Northern Cape 573.

A total of 1 706 127 tests have been processed, 39 188 of which having been conducted since the last report. –

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