- South Africa's death rate is below the global average of 3.4%
- The nations current death rate sites at 1.9% but experts warn that it is climbing
- A record number of new infections were reported on Saturday by the Department of Health
South Africa's confirmed Covid-19 cases continue to rise researchers have said that although the situation is serious, the country's death rate is almost half the global average.
Briefly.co.za South Africa's death rate is currently at 1.9% while the global average is at 3.4%. Ridhwaan Suliman, a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research warned that SA's death rate is increasing.
“The numbers are increasing and they are going up even more so over the last week or so what we want for it to level off and for it to go down, our deaths are also still increasing but the good news is that in South Africa the mortality rate has remained below 2 percent which is good news for South Africa.”
The Department of Health released a statement on Saturday revealing 73 new deaths bringing the total deaths in the country to 2 413 which translates to a 1.8% death rate according to SABC.
South Africa recorded a record number of new confirmed cases on Saturday evening, with 7210 new infections. This brings the number of infections up to 131 800.
67 094 people have recovered, a 50.9% recovery rate. South Africa has carried out 1 529 009 tests, 35 905 were performed in the last 24 hours.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the Department of Education has called for calm and compliance amid threats of protests as the nation prepares to send the next batch of students to school.
Briefly.co.za reported that a number of Covid-19 infections had been recorded in South African schools since the reopening earlier this month, which saw only Grade 7 and 12 students returning.
In a statement issued in response to the outcry, the department said it has had a good run thus far considering the circumstances:
"The Department of Basic Education has successfully opened schools in a new unfamiliar environment. It is an environment with contradictions where as a country we are facing rising records of infections whilst the advice from health experts and advisors is that as a country we need to live side by side with the virus."
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