Covid-19: 129 new deaths, 13 674 new infections, as confirmed cases soar to 238 339

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  • South Africa's Covid-19 infections on Thursday increased by 13 674, bringing the total to 238 339.
  • The country also recorded 129 new deaths, taking the death toll to 3 720.
  • SA has reached a "milestone" of two million Covid-19 tests conducted so far.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday announced that South Africa has recorded 13 674 new Covid-19 infections, taking the cumulative total of confirmed cases to 238 339.

According to Mkhize, SA also registered 129 new deaths, with the death toll rising to 3 720.

As for those who have recovered from the virus, the total now sits at 113 061 – a recovery of 47.4%.

South Africa has also conducted two million Covid-19 tests so far.

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The provincial breakdown
  • Gauteng has recorded a total of 81 546 Covid-19 infections or 34.2% of the national total, as well as 37 more deaths.
  • Western Cape has a total of 74 815 infections, with 37 more deaths.
  • Eastern Cape has recorded 44 432 infections, with 28 more deaths.
  • KwaZulu-Natal has 19 630 infections, with 26 more deaths. 
  • North West has 7 870 infections, Free State 3 724 and Limpopo 2 381.
  • The health department also corrected Limpopo's Wednesday deaths number of 44 to 33.


"This was a data interpretation error, which has been corrected. Reallocation has since been done and we have confirmed the current total with the province," it said.

Mpumalanga has 2 901 infections, and the Northern Cape 1 039 infections, with one more death.

"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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Testing

Mkhize said 56 170 new tests had been conducted since Wednesday, for SA to reach the "milestone" of two million Covid-19 tests.

"I would like to pay special tribute to the men and women in the laboratory services, who have made this possible - this is an enormous achievement that we can all be proud of as South Africans," Mkhize said.

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