Sunday, 13 September 2020 22:33


Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa has recorded 649 793 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This is an increase of 1 579 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 918 478 with 15 692 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 20 more COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 4 from KwaZulu-Natal, 6 from Gauteng, 4 from Eastern Cape, and 6 from Western Cape,said Mkhize.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 15 447.

Mkhize also added that the recoveries now stand at 577 906 which translates to a recovery rate of 88,9%.

Meanwhile the Western Cape government on Sunday said there was a positive increase in learner attendance in the province.

Member of the provincial Parliament Lorraine Botha said the increasing rate of attendance could be attributed to the decrease of COVID-19 infections as well as reduced levels of anxiety relating to the pandemic.

"There are 14 weeks left of the 2020 academic year and with the nature of the mandatory phased-in approach, contact time is dramatically reduced due to alternating attendance of grades. With the amount of time left, learners need to make the most out of every bit of time."

Botha said the provincial Parliament’s standing committee of education will embark on an oversight week to school to gain insights on the remaining challenges experienced under the phased-in approached.

More than 28.6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and nearly 917,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 19.2 million people have recovered.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.