There has been an increase in Covid-19-related deaths over the past 24 hours. A total of 159 people have died, bringing the death toll to 12 423. South Africa is likely to hit 600 000 cases within the next few days. However, it is not all doom and gloom as the country has a high recovery rate of 82%. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the global pandemic.
South Africa is still recording many Covid-19 recoveries, however the death toll has steeply climbed over the past 24 hours. KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of deaths in the 24-hour cycle with a total of 45 fatalities. However, the promising recovery rate has seen the country record nearly 500 000 coronavirus recoveries.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest Covid-19 updates.
1. KwaZulu-Natal records most Covid-19-related deaths
The Department of Health has reported that there have been 159 Covid-19-related deaths over the past 24 hours. According to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, most of the deaths were registered in KwaZulu-Natal, where a total of 45 people passed away.
Gauteng followed closely behind with 43 deaths, 37 from the Eastern Cape, 29 from the Western Cape and five from the Free State.
2. SA recovery rate remains high
According to Mkhize, Covid-19 recoveries now stand at 491 441, giving South Africa a recovery rate of 82%. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 455 671.
3. Covid-19 cases likely to hit 600 000 mark soon
According to statistics, South Africa is likely to hit 600 000 Covid-19 cases on Thursday or Friday. This comes after 3 916 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. Reports have also concluded that Gauteng will soon have twice as many cases as the Western Cape.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a report by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has suggested that black and coloured people are more likely to die if hospitalised from Covid-19. News24 reports that the study details analysis on data collected from 144 public and 236 private hospitals across the country.
The UN also recently held a discussion regarding misinformation and stigma around Covid-19. The discussion, held on Monday, 17 August, found that misinformation about the contraction of the novel coronavirus continues to perpetuate stigma about the virus.
News24 reported that UN resident coordinator in South Africa, Nardos Bakele-Thomas, said that the pandemic is sadly a breeding ground for the growth of misinformation. Bakele-Thomas went on to say that this misinformation needs to be fought.
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