SA recorded its worst day for Covid-19 infections, with 21,980 cases confirmed in the past 24 hours.
In a statement, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the new cases meant that 1,192,570 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed since the start of the outbreak in March last year. In the same period, 32,425 deaths have been confirmed.
The new infections came from 76,202 tests at a positivity rate of 28.8%. In total, 7,043,680 tests have been completed countrywide in a little over 300 days since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
KwaZulu-Natal remains the virus epicentre, with 85,065 active cases. Gauteng (43,643) has overtaken the Western Cape (42,017) to become the second-worst hit province in terms of active cases. In total, there are 212,226 confirmed active cases countrywide.
Of the newly-reported deaths, 215 were in the Eastern Cape, 146 in the Western Cape, 75 in Gauteng, 72 in KwaZulu-Natal, 55 in the North West, 27 in the Free State, 11 each in Limpopo and Mpumalanga and four in the Northern Cape.
So far, 947,919 recoveries have been recorded at a recovery rate of 79.5%.
Meanwhile the coronavirus has killed at least 1 899 396 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally on Friday based on official sources.
The US is the worst-affected country with 365 321 deaths, followed by Brazil with 200 498, India with 150 570 and Mexico with 131 031.
The United Kingdom recorded its highest daily death toll on Friday since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Britain has the world's fifth-highest official death toll from Covid-19 at nearly 80 000, and the 1 325 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test on Friday surpassed the previous daily record from last April.
Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.