According to the Department of Health, the county has recorded its lowest single-day death toll on Sunday (September 13) in over four months.

The 20 deaths recorded is the lowest number since May 23, when 10 people succumbed to the disease.

According to the latest data, six deaths were recorded each in Gauteng and the Western Cape and four each in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 15 447.

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

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases rose by 1 579.

This brings the tally to 649 793 people who have contracted the disease since the outbreak in March.

Gauteng remains the epicentre with 215 140 cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 116 389, Western Cape 108 431 and Eastern Cape 87 415.

The good news is that over 577 906 have recuperated, which translates to a recovery rate of 88.9%

The data is based on the 3 918 478 tests conducted, 15 692 of which were performed since the last report.

Globally, there have been 28 637 952 confirmed cases and 917 417 deaths reported to the World Health Organisation thus far.

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