Covid-19 update: 56 deaths in the last 24 hours as cases rise

Covid-19 update: 56 deaths in the last 24 hours as cases rise

- South African Covid-19 infection cases have surpassed the 40 000 mark

- The Western Cape recorded 54 more deaths as the national total rises to 848

- The Western Cape remains the epicentre of the virus in the country with 66.2% of all cases reported there

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The Department of Health has confirmed that the number of Covid-19 deaths has risen to 848 following 56 new deaths in the past 24 hours. All but two of the 56 people who died in the last 24 hours are from the Western Cape.

The total number of infections increased to 40 792. The Western Cape still remains the epicentre of the virus with 27 006 cases and 651 deaths. The Western Cape's infections account for 66,2% of all the country's cases.

A total of 820 675 tests have been done with 34 696 in the last 24 hours alone. Dr. Zweli Mkhize also confirmed that there were 21 311 recoveries reported. The recovery rate is so 52,24%, but this is not including those who are infected but expected to recover fully.

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The Eastern Cape has the second highest number of cases after the Western Cape. EC has 4 936 cases and 95 fatalities. reported that the Eastern Cape department said it expects 80% of the population in the province to contract the virus.

On 1 June, South Africa relaxed its lockdown regulations to Level 3, allowing for the sale of liquor. Since then, there have been multiple incidents involving drunk people and doctors are beginning to see an increase of patients in their trauma wards.

This week Dr Zweli Mkhize visited hotspots in the severely-hit Western Cape to assess steps taken by the health officials and relevant departments.

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