Monday, 27 July 2020 22:22

Photo Credit:GCIS.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 452 529 total cases of coronavirus in South Africa.

This is an increase of 7096 cases from 445 433 cases reported on Sunday.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 2 802 211 with 28 433 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 298 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 77 from Eastern Cape, 61 from Gauteng, 9 from KwaZulu Natal, 36 from Western Cape,13 from Mpumalanga, 91 from the Free State and 11 from North West.

This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 7 067.

The number of recoveries currently stands at 274 925 which translates to a recovery rate of 61%.

The number of coronavirus infections has hit 16.30 million worldwide, while more than 650,000 people have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 10 million patients have recovered.

Meanwhile the International Monetary Fund has approved $4.3bn in aid to South Africa to help the country fight the coronavirus pandemic.

"The IMF approved $4.3bn in emergency financial assistance under the Rapid Financing Instrument to support the authorities' efforts in addressing the challenging health situation and severe economic impact of the COVID-19 shock," the Washington-based crisis lender said in a statement.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.