Sunday, 11 October 2020 21:04

 

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 692 471 detected COVID-19 cases.

This is an increase of 1 575 new cases identified since the last report.

Province Total cases for 11 October 2020 Percentage total
Eastern Cape 90867 13,1
Free State 50851 7,3
Gauteng 223011 32,2
KwaZulu-Natal 120418 17,4
Limpopo 16326 2,4
Mpumalanga 28168 4,1
North West 30814 4,4
Northern Cape 19078 2,8
Western Cape 112938 16,3
Unknown 0 0,0
Total 692471 100,0

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 407 441 with 19 270 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 107 more COVID-19 related deaths were recorded: 58 from Eastern Cape, 38 from the Free State, 4 from KwaZulu Natal, 6 from Gauteng, and 1 from Western Cape,said Mkhize.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 17 780.

Of the 107 deaths reported today, occurred in the past 24-48 hours:, 1 in Gauteng, 2 in KwaZulu Natal and 1 in the Western Cape.

Mkhize added that the recoveries now stand at 623 765 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

Meanwhile Scientists in Chile are investigating a possible mutation of the coronavirus in southern Patagonia, a far-flung region near the tip of South America that has seen an unusually contagious second wave of infections in recent weeks.

Questions have arisen as the remote region of Magallanes, which accounts for only one percent of the country’s population, reported nearly 20 percent of Chile’s total cases so far, suggesting a potential mutation of the novel virus.

While such mutations have already been observed in other places, researchers have yet to understand what their effect on humans is.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.