SA records 1 241 new Covid-19 cases as the death toll reaches 19 539

Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service
  • Another 1 241 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country.
  • The Eastern Cape felt the brunt of deaths with almost half of the 74 people who died as a result of the virus. 
  • The number of deaths is slowly moving up to 20 000, with the latest death toll standing at 19 539. 


Another 1 241 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in the country, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said. 

A statement outlining the effects of the virus showed the Eastern Cape recorded 35 deaths out of the 74 new cases recorded. 

Six people died in the Free State, eight in Gauteng, six in KwaZulu-Natal, eight in the Northern Cape, and 11 in the Western Cape.

READ | Principal, deputy die of Covid-19 at Eastern Cape school

Of the 74 deaths reported on Tuesday, 10 were reported to have occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. 

Four were in the Eastern Cape, one in the Free State, one in KwaZulu-Natal, and four in the Western Cape.

This brings the total number of Covid-19-related deaths to 19 539. 

Since the last report, 15 692 new tests were conducted. 

The total number of detected cases is 728 836 and of those, 659 249 people have recovered.

South Africa is still in an official lockdown, but less severe than some European countries, and with fewer restrictions on movement for the time being.

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