Wednesday, 20 January 2021 22:57

SA recorded 12,710 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, after two consecutive days of fewer than 10,000 new infections.

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday night that the new infections meant that 1,369,426 cumulative cases have now been recorded countrywide since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March last year.

The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 7 762 073 with 62 054 new tests conducted since the last report, said Mkhize.

Mkhize said a further 566 COVID-19 related deaths were reported: Eastern Cape 104 , Free State 46, Gauteng 80, KwaZulu Natal 218, Mpumalanga 6, Northern Cape 8 and Western Cape 104.

This brings the total to 38 854 deaths.

Mkhize added that the recoveries now stand at 1 160 412 , representing a recovery rate of 84,7%.

Meanwhile the minister said they were working on deploying epidemiological expertise in all districts across the country to crease disease profiles as they work on combating the Covid-19 virus.

Mkhize has been assessing hospitals in the Vhembe district in Limpopo on Wednesday along with Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba, among other officials.

The province has had a low fatality case as a result of the pandemic, however, the figures shot up on Tuesday with over 230 deaths reported.

Mkhize said some of the work being undertaken was to compare fatality rates between provinces to identify weaknesses that needed to be strengthened.

"So we are now able to analyse for each district the disease profile, the nature of interventions that are needed and the analysis for the fatality rates."

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there are currently 94 124 612 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 2 034 527 deaths, to date.

In the past week, the five countries reporting the highest number of cases were the United States (1 583 237 cases, 11% decrease), Brazil (379 784 cases, 21% increase), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (339 952 cases, 19% decrease), the Russian Federation (166 255 cases, 1% increase) and France (125 279 cases, 2% increase).

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.