Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 730 548.
This is an increase of 1 712 new cases identified in the past 24 hours.
The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 893 683 with 25 073 new tests conducted since the last report.
Mkhize said further 46 COVID-19 related deaths were reported today: 24 from Eastern Cape, 9 from Gauteng, 3 from the Free State, 5 from KwaZulu Natal, 1 from Northern Cape and 4 from Western Cape.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 19 585. Of the 46 deaths reported today, 9 were reported to have occurred in the past 24-48 hours: 1 in the Free State, 2 in Eastern Cape, 2 in Gauteng, 1 in Northern Cape and 3 in Western Cape.
Mkhize added that the recoveries now stand at 660 185 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
Meanwhile with the coronavirus surging again, voters ranked the pandemic and the economy as top concerns in the race between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate.
Voters were especially likely to call the public health crisis the nation’s most important issue, with the economy following close behind.
The survey found that Trump’s leadership loomed large in voters’ decision-making. Nearly two-thirds of voters said their vote was about Trump – either for him or against him.
Polls showed Trump’s Democratic challenger Biden had a substantial lead going into Tuesday’s vote, but as the night wore on it became evident that the race had significantly tightened in key swing states.
The race now hinges on vote counts in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nevada.
President Trump has 213 electoral votes while Biden leads with 224. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to secure the White House for four years.
Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.