Sunday, 06 September 2020 22:58


Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded 638 517 of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This is an increase of 1 633 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 800 190 with 16 367 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 110 more COVID-19 related deaths were recorded: 31 from KwaZulu-Natal, 24 from Gauteng, 7 from Eastern Cape, 9 from Free State, 1 from Western Cape and 38 from Mpumalanga,said Mkhize.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 14 889.

The recoveries now stand at 563 891 which translates to a recovery rate of 88%.

More than 26.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 880,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 17.9 million people have recovered.

Meanwhile Pope Francis said speaking ill of other people and spreading gossip is worse than COVID-19 and satan is the worst offender of all.

When people see someone making a mistake, "the first thing we usually do is go and tell someone else about it. Gossip like this closes off the community," the pope said in comments on a passage in the Bible where Jesus talks about what must be done to welcome back into the community those who have committed errors.

"The great gossip is Satan who always says bad things about people," Francis said.

Satan "is a liar who seeks to divide the Church, to drive our brothers apart, so that they are no longer a community," he added.

"Let us make an effort not to be gossips. Speaking ill of people is a plague worse than COVID," the pope said in an address at Saint Peter's.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.