Saturday, 12 September 2020 22:23


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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize have announced that South Africa have been recorded 648 214 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This is increase of 1 816 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 902 786 with 18 620 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 49 more COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 11 from KwaZulu-Natal, 12 from Gauteng, 8 from Eastern Cape, 5 from Free State and 13 from Western Cape,said Mkhize.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 15 427.

Mkhize also added that the recoveries now stand at 576 423 which translates to a recovery rate of 88,9%.

More than 28.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and more than 916,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 19.2 million patients have recovered.

Meanwhile British clinical trials for the AstraZeneca and Oxford University coronavirus vaccine have resumed following confirmation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) that it was safe to do so, the company said.

The late-stage trials of the experimental vaccine, one of the most advanced in development, were suspended this week after an illness in a study subject in Britain.

"The standard review process triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination across all global trials to allow review of safety data by independent committees, and international regulators," AstraZeneca said.

"The UK committee has concluded its investigations and recommended to the MHRA that trials in the UK are safe to resume."

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.