Saturday, 03 October 2020 23:14

 

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa's cumulative Covid-19 count stands at 679 716.

This is an increase of 1 883 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 251 513 with 21 804 new tests conducted since the last report.

Mkhize also announced that 29 more deaths had been reported. This takes the current Covid-19 related death toll in South Africa to 16 938.

The latest deaths include:

  • 1 from Eastern Cape
  • 11 from KwaZulu-Natal
  • 2 from Gauteng
  • 7 from Western Cape
  • and 8 from the Free State.

The recoveries now stand at 612 763 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

Meanwhile the United States Senate is postponing all scheduled Senate floor activity until after October 19, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday, as several legislators tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

In a statement, McConnell reiterated that confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, would continue as planned, however.

Those hearings are still expected to begin on October 12.

"Previously-scheduled floor activity will be rescheduled until after October 19th … The important work of the Senate’s committees can and will continue as each committee sees fit,"McConnell said in the statement.

"The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair, and historically supported confirmation process previously laid out,"he continued.

The decision comes after at least three Senate Republicans tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days – and the day after Trump was moved to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for COVID-19 treatment following his positive diagnosis.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana