Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:30


The national department of health says the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 744 732.

This is an increase of 2 338 new coronavirus cases since the last report.

A further 65 more deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 37, Free State 18, Gauteng 1, Kwa-Zulu Natal 1 and Western Cape 8. This brings the total of COVID-19 related deaths to 20 076,said the department.

Of the 65 deaths, 17 are reported to have occurred in the last 48 hours: 8 in Eastern Cape, 3 in the Free State, 1 in KwaZulu Natal and 5 in Western Cape.

The recoveries now stand at 690 903 which translates to a recovery rate of 92,7%.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa said government was looking into the situation in the Eastern Cape, which is showing signs of resurgence after recording 50% more cases than the previous week.

The province’s total number of new cases in the last 14 days also peaked by 145% than the previous 14 days.

The President said the massive spikes have been reported in the Nelson Mandela Metro and the Sarah Baartman District, while the province has noted an upward increase in hospital admissions.

"With many people moving between the Eastern Cape and other provinces – particularly the Western Cape – it is a matter of time before this surge spreads to other parts of the country,"Ramaphosa said during his address on Wednesday.

He has urged the public to adopt measures to contain the rise in infections.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.