The latest COVID-19 figures released by acting Health Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Tueaday evening report that cases have increased by 10 685 in the last 24-hours, meaning that the total number of infections that have been accumulatively reported since March 2020 has risen to 2 624 254.
Sadly, over the last 24-hours alone, a further 553 people have died from COVID-19, meaning that a total of 77 993 people have succumbed to the virus since the first death in March 2020.
Once again, the Western Cape registered the majority of new cases, with 2 745 new infections recorded over the past 24-hours in the province. KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) followed with 2 288 new COVID-19 cases.
A total of 2 393 133 have recovered having tested positive for COVID-19, representing a recovery rate of 91.2%.
The following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in each province over the last 24-hours on Tuesday 17 August:
#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 52,267 tests were conducted in the last 24 hrs, with 10,685 new cases, which represents an 20.4% positivity rate. A further 553 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 77,993 to date. Read more: https://t.co/3lwDQPKfZv pic.twitter.com/stsCmbaM3m
— NICD (@nicd_sa) August 17, 2021
A total of 9 753 138 people have received either the Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson jab in South Africa to date, with 195 596 vaccines having been administered to members of the South African public on Tuesday 17 August.