SA recorded its fewest new Covid-19 cases since December 8, with 4,551 new infections in the past 24 hours. It’s almost half the number of cases reported the day before.
This was from 26,113 tests, at a positivity rate of 17.4%. There have now been 1,417,537 total confirmed Covid-19 cases across the country. The last time SA recorded fewer than 5,000 cases in a single day was on December 8, when 4,011 cases were recorded. The largest percentage of these infections were picked up in Gauteng, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and then the Western Cape.
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Monday night that there were also 243 new Covid-19 related deaths recorded in the past 24 hours. This means 41,117 deaths have now been recorded.
Of the new deaths, 65 were in the Eastern Cape, 60 were in KwaZulu-Natal, 57 in the Western Cape, 33 in Gauteng, 18 were in the Free State and five each in Mpumalanga and Northern Cape.
The recovery rate has edged up to 87.6%. This means that 1,241,000 people have recuperated so far.
Also on Monday, SA passed another Covid-19 milestone, with more than eight million tests having now been done.