Friday, 02 October 2020 21:32

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 677 833.

This is an increase of 1749 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 229 709 with 20 660 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 43 more COVID-19 related deaths were recorded: 3 from Eastern Cape, 8 from KwaZulu-Natal, 8 from Gauteng, 8 from Western Cape, 7 from Northern Cape and 9 from the Free State.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 16 909,said Mkhize.

Mkhize added that the recoveries now stand at 611 044 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

The minister has urged people to take precaution now that some international and domestic travel is allowed by using an alcohol-based sanitiser to clean frequently touched surfaces, minimise the exchange of documents by making use of QR codes and electronic ticketing, and arriving early at the airport to give time for long queues and COVID-19 screening.

Globally, there have been 33 842 281 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1 010 634 deaths, reported to the World Health Organisation.

US President Donald Trump announced that he and his wife, Melania Trump, tested positive for COVID-19.

"We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this together,"Trump tweeted.

The First Lady said they were feeling good and have since postponed all their upcoming engagements. 

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.