SA records 555 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours, and 7,150 new infections
SA recorded 555 new Covid-19 related deaths, with nearly three-quarters of them in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday night that 249 deaths were recorded in KZN in the past 24 hours, and 150 in the Eastern Cape. There were also 70 new deaths in Gauteng, 45 in the Western Cape, 21 in Mpumalanga, 10 in the Free State, seven in Limpopo and three in the Northern Cape.
This means that 43,105 deaths have now been recorded since the outbreak of Covid-19 in SA.
Mkhize also reported that 7,150 new infections had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections to 1,437,798.
The new infections came from 48,406 tests, at a positivity rate of 14.77%.
Mkhize said 1,272,197 recoveries had been recorded, at a recovery rate of 88.3%.