Tuesday, 15 September 2020 22:46


Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded 651 521 detected COVID-19 cases.

This is an increase of 772 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 3 940 217 with 11 603 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 142 more COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 16 from KwaZulu-Natal, 12 from Gauteng, 4 from Eastern Cape, 13 from Western Cape, 11 from Northern Cape, 19 from Mpumalanga and 67 from Limpopo,said Mkhize.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 15 641.

Mkhize added that the recoveries now stand at 583 126 which translates to a recovery rate of 89,5%.

More than 29.3 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and 930,700 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 20 million have recovered.

Meanwhile AstraZeneca has resumed COVID-19 vaccine trials in South Africa, more than a week after tests were paused due to serious side effects in a participant in Britain, an official at the Department of Health confirmed.

The move comes after the British drugmaker on Saturday got the go-ahead to restart trials in the UK, prompting Brazil to follow suit.

The Serum Institute of India said it would restart its trials once it had permission from the Drugs Controller General of India.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.