Covid-19: SA records 2 548 new infections and 235 deaths

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  • As of Monday, 1 February, South Africa recorded a total of 1 456 309 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
  • 2 548 new cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours, the lowest number of daily infections since December.
  • 235 new Covid-19-related fatalities have been recorded, taking the death toll to 44 399.


South Africa recorded 2 548 new Covid-19 infections by Monday, along with 235 Covid-19-related deaths, taking the confirmed death toll to 44 399.

This is the lowest number of Covid-19 daily infections since the beginning of December, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during a televised address to the nation on Monday night.

According to a statement by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, as of Sunday, the country recorded a total of 1 456 309 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Gauteng continues to have the highest number of recorded cases at 389 230, followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 315 762 cases. The Western Cape has recorded a total of 269 819 cases and the Eastern Cape 192 118 cases. 

Currently, recoveries stand at 1 306 022, representing a recovery rate of 89%.

KwaZulu-Natal remains the province with the highest number of active cases, totalling 46 979.

The Western Cape has 16 003 active cases, while Gauteng has 9 773 active cases.

To date, 8 300 749 tests have been completed, with 21 549 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, Mkhize said.

Mkhize also reported a further 235 confirmed Covid-19-related deaths – 64 in the Western Cape, 59 in the Eastern Cape, 51 in Gauteng, 33 in North West, 16 in the Free State, 10 in KwaZulu-Natal and two in the Northern Cape.

This brings the total to 44 399 deaths.

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

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