Monday, 01 February 2021 23:10

The number of Covid-19-related cases identified in South Africa has dropped to 2 548 from 4 525 yesterday.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases stands at 1 456 309, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Monday.

A total of 235 new fatalities were reported, compared to 213 on Sunday: Western Cape 64, Eastern Cape 59, Gauteng 51, North West 33, Free State 16, KwaZulu-Natal 10 and Northern Cape 2.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths to 44 399. The number of recoveries now stand at 1 306 022, representing a recovery rate of 89%.

The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 300 749, with 21 549 new tests recorded since the last report.

Meanwhile with a decline in new COVID-19 infections, hospital admissions and deaths, Government has decided to ease a number of restrictions under Adjusted level 3.

Addressing the nation on Monday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the average rate of new infections has been steadily coming down over the last three weeks, indicating that the country has now passed the peak of the second wave.

"We are acutely aware that these restrictions have negatively affected businesses and threatened jobs in the hospitality, tourism and related industries.

"That is why we are determined that such restrictions should not continue any longer than is absolutely necessary to contain the pandemic and minimise the loss of life," Ramaphosa said.

The President’s address on developments in relation to the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.