Wednesday, 07 October 2020 23:44

 

Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded  685 155 detected COVID-19 cases.

This is an increase of 1 913 new cases identified since the last report.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 318 514 with 23 583 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further  145 more COVID-19 related deaths were recorded: 1 from Eastern Cape, 11 from Free State, 42 from KwaZulu Natal, 41 from Gauteng, 24 from Limpopo, 11 from Mpumalanga, 7 from Northern Cape and 8 from Western Cape,said Mkhize.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 17 248.

The minister  added that the recoveries now stand at 618 127 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

Mkhize, once again expressed his gratitude towards health professionals for the work they have done throughout the pandemic. The Minister said this during a South African Medical Association webinar. 

"Thank you for patiently going out there to give the services to our people. We salute you all for the good work that has been done," he said.

He warned that the issue of the second wave of infections cannot be ruled out.

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) surge team is still working in the different provinces.

It will continue to assist in surveillance for government to respond much quicker should the number of increased infections strike again.

"About vaccines, we should work together as a global effort to make vaccines more accessible and affordable to everyone. There is a whole global awareness for the need to work together for a vaccine," said the Minister.

Globally, there have been 35 347 404 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1 039 406 deaths reported to the WHO.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.