- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that SA has recorded 12 204 new infections
- The number of Covid-19 fatalities has also spiked with 312 deaths pushing the total up 6 655
- The recovery rate is currently at 60.6% with a total of 263 054
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the latest Covid-19 statistics amid SA's continued battle against the virus.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Saturday evening, Mkhize reported that:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 434 200 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 12 204 new cases identified."
Mkhize also reported that the nation had recorded a substantial amount of fatalities in the space of the last 24 hours:
"Regrettably we report 312 new Covid-19 related deaths, 44 from Eastern Cape, 209 from Gauteng, 37 from KwaZulu-Natal, 18 for Western Cape and 4 from Northern Cape. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 6 655. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care worker who treated the deceased."
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In more positive news, the minister also noted that the recovery rate remains high:
"The number of recoveries currently stands at 263 054 which translates to a recovery rate of 60.6%"
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel has tested positive according to the Presidency.
In a statement issued on Saturday evening, it was confirmed that the politician had received his results:
"This was the Minister’s second test to be conducted since the outbreak of this virus."
Nevertheless, Patel remains active in his role even participating in the virtual parliamentary budget vote debate on Friday:
"Minister Patel is in good spirits and is in self-quarantine, and will continue to work from home. Those that have been in contact with the Minister are also in self-isolation and have been encouraged to get tested."
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