Faizel Patel – 05/07/2020
The Health Department has announced that the number of COVID-19 infections in South Africa has risen to 196,750.
This is an increase of 8,773 from Saturday’s announcement.
The number of deaths has also increased by 173 bringing the total to 3,199.
The Western Cape has the most infections with 69,531 followed by Gauteng at 63,404, Eastern Cape at 35,648, KwaZulu-Natal 15,146, Free State 2,553, North West 6,063, Mpumalanga 1,965, Limpopo 1,706, Northern Cape 734 and unallocated infections 0.
The total number of recoveries to date is 93,315, which translates to a recovery rate of 47,4%.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted to date is 1,830,161 this is an increase of 38,083 which were done in the last 24 hours.
“Regrettably, we report a further 173 COVID-19 related deaths – 2 from Northern Cape, 10 from the Free State, 21 from KwaZulu Natal, 29 from Eastern Cape, 40 from Western Cape and 71 from Gauteng. This brings the total deaths to 3,199.”
Mkhize has expressed his condolences to the affected families of those who have succumbed to the pandemic.