South Africa has recorded an increased Covid-19 recovery rate of 73%. However, 198 new deaths have been reported. This takes the death toll to over 10 000. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the situation.
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The Department of Health reported 198 new Covid-19 deaths, taking the death toll to 10 408. Most of the new deaths are from KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
1. South Africa records a 73% recovery rate
The country has recorded a promising 73% recovery rate. More than 400 000 patients have recovered from the coronavirus.
According to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, the number of confirmed cases has increased by 6 670, bringing the total number of infections to 559 858.
Mkhize confirmed that of the 198 new deaths, 80 were from the Eastern Cape, 63 from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng had 32 while the Western Cape 23. The minister offered condolences to the lives lost.
2. New Zealand marks 100 days of the country being Covid-19 free
New Zealand marked 100 days without a domestic transmission of the coronavirus on Sunday. The country's triumph over the virus has made it one of the safest places in the world at present. New Zealand, with a population of five million, has returned to normal life.
However, authorities have cautioned people to not become complacent. According to Reuters, the government has noted that many people are not longer testing or even practising the basic hygiene that has been implemented since the onset of the pandemic.
New Zealand has 23 active cases in controlled isolation facilities. There are 1 219 Covid-19 cases in total so far.
3. US Covid-19 cases surpass 5 million
The USA have recorded a grim milestone with over five million people infected with Covid-19, according to Reuters. This means that one in every 66 residents is infected with the virus. So far, there are over 160 000 Covid-19 deaths in the country.
According to reports, the USA leads the world in the highest number of Covid-19 infections.
US President Donald Trump has said that there should be a working vaccine by November, around the time of the country's presidential election.
Dr Anthony Fauci also told Reuters on Wednesday there could be at least one vaccine that works and is safe by year-end.
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Briefly.co.za previously reported that the government is expected to review the regulations of SA's Covid-19 lockdown with the NCCC to meet on Tuesday.
The country may be set for a relaxation with experts indicating that many provinces, including the Western Cape, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape, already having passed peak infections.
The Sunday Times reports that Mzansi can expect another 'family meeting' with President Cyril Ramaphosa with the current state of disaster set to expire on Saturday.
The KwaZulu-Natal province remains a concern with the number of cases in the region seeing an influx.
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