Health Mininster Dr Zweli Mkhize has expressed his concern over the latest COVID-19 figures in South Africa. The growing trend of new infections has reached an all-time high, with about 3105 cases recorded over the past 24 hours.

“We are also concerned that the positive-rate is at 12%, which is higher than what is ideal, i.e. 10% or less,” said Dr Mkhize.

Currently, the cumulative total of COVD-19 cases in South Africa stands at 762 763. 

Speaking in a televised interview, the minister confirmed that the Eastern Cape is responsible for 54% of the new infections recorded.

“The numbers are increasing. It is a new wave,” said Mkhize.

Over the past few days, South Africa’s infection rate was steadily increasing. The minister said the department is monitoring the numbers closely, so they can find the areas where the outbreak seems to be more prevalent.

Recorded deaths and recoveries

Regrettably, 88 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 67, Free State 15, Gauteng 2, Kwa-Zulu Natal 1 and Western Cape 3.

This brings the total to 20 759 deaths. 

“We have noted that the number of new deaths being reported daily in the Eastern Cape is rising as well. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” said the minister.

Our recoveries now stand at 707 040 which translates to a recovery rate of 92,7%

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