Covid-19-related death toll surpasses 25 000, with 339 new deaths

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  • South Africa has recorded another 339 Covid-19 related deaths.
  • Of the new deaths, 142 were recorded in the Western Cape, followed by the Eastern Cape with 107.
  • Meanwhile, South Africa is edging toward the one million mark for confirmed cases of Covid-19.


As SA experiences a surge in Covid-19 infections, the country has recorded another 339 deaths, pushing the death toll past the 25 000 mark.

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According to a statement from Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, the death was 25 246 by 22 December.

Of the new deaths, 142 were recorded in the Western Cape, followed by 107 in the Eastern Cape, 45 in KwaZulu-Natal, 30 in Gauteng, eight in the Free State and seven in Limpopo.

"We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients," Mkhize said.

The latest deaths come as the country grapples with another surge in infections which has been called a second wave. Daily infection rates have increased exponentially in recent weeks.

A recent News24 report has indicated that hospitals, both public and private, are taking strain, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, the Western and the Eastern Cape.

Deaths by province

Eastern Cape – 6 359

Western Cape – 5 719

Gauteng – 5 226

KwaZulu-Natal – 3 703

Free State – 2 139

Mpumalanga – 624

North West – 571

Limpopo – 533

Northern Cape – 372

South Africa is also edging toward the one million mark for confirmed Covid-19 cases. A total of 940 212 cases were recorded by 22 December.

According to the statistics from the government, 9 501 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Confirmed cases by province

Gauteng – 259 962

Western Cape – 180 177

KwaZulu-Natal – 162 680

Eastern Cape – 161 186

Free State – 60 805

North West – 37 090

Mpumalanga – 33 493

Northern Cape – 24 300

Limpopo – 20 519

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