SA nears 600,000 Covid-19 cases, with nearly 4,000 infections in 24 hours

Inside the field hospital at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Covid-19 cases in SA continue to rise, with 3,916 new cases reported on Wednesday. File photo.
Picture: Esa Alexander

South Africa is likely to hit 600,000 Covid-19 cases on Thursday or Friday, after 3,916 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours.

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday that there were now 596,060 confirmed infections across the country. More than half of these cases were in Gauteng (202,011), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (107,271) and the Western Cape (103,210).

There were 159 deaths in the past 24 hours, said Mkhize, taking the death toll to 12,423 to date.

Of the new deaths, 37 were in the Eastern Cape, 43 in Gauteng, 45 in KwaZulu-Natal, five  in the Free State and 29 in the Western Cape.

The minister also announced that there were 491,441 recoveries – a recovery rate of 82%.

The figures are based on 3,455,671 total tests, of which 25,324 were in the last 24-hour cycle.


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