//South Africa’s Covid-19 cases now at 73 533, with another 88 deaths reported

South Africa’s Covid-19 cases now at 73 533, with another 88 deaths reported

South Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases have increased by 3495 to 70 038 over the past 24 hours, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.

The country also recorded a further 88 Covid-19-related deaths.

The total number of people who have died from Covid-19 since the first patient was identified 101 days ago now stands at 1568, which represents a mortality rate of 2.1%, Mkhize said.

The Western Cape continues to have the highest number of infections and deaths, while the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga – with one Covid-19-linked fatality each – have recorded the lowest number of deaths.

Deaths and recoveries

Of the latest deaths, 73 were from Western Cape, 9 from the Eastern Cape and 6 frm Gauteng.

The statistics released by Mkhize on Sunday show that 39 867 people have recovered from Covid-19 to date. This represents a recovery rate of 54.2%.

To date, 1 148 933 tests have been conducted cumulatively with a total of 26 975 new tests over the past 24 hours.

(IOL)