Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize in a statement said South Africa has recorded 671 669 detected COVID-19 cases.
This is an increase of 903 new cases identified in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 152 480 with 9 014 new tests conducted since the last report.
A further 188 more COVID-19 related deaths were recorded: 3 from Eastern Cape 1 from KwaZulu-Natal, 2 from Gauteng, 4 from Western Cape and 178 from the Free State,said Mkhize.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 16 586.
There has been a two week delay in the reporting of Free State deaths as the province collated data from the various districts and verified this against Home Affairs Data.
This is part of efforts to improve the quality of data by aligning information from facilities with Home Affairs statistics. Data from postmortem swabs also had to be collated and verified.
This is in line with the recommendations of the Medical Research Council. The data is now up to date.
Mkhize also added that the recoveries now stand at 604 478 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%
Meanwhile the official global toll of deaths from COVID-19 probably underestimates the true total – suggesting it could be over a million already, a World Health Organisation official said.
"If anything, the numbers currently reported probably represent an underestimate of those individuals who have either contracted COVID-19 or died as a cause of it,"Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a briefing in Geneva.
Some 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 will be made available to low- and middle-income countries over a period of six months, the World Health Organization said.
The tests provide reliable results in just 15 minutes, the WHO’s Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told a news conference in Geneva.
Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.