Covid-19 positivity rate drops to 6.5% as South Africa records 1,742 new cases

There have been 1,479,253 cases of Covid-19 confirmed across SA since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country 11 months ago.
There have been 1,479,253 cases of Covid-19 confirmed across SA since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country 11 months ago.
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South Africa recorded only 1,742 Covid-19 cases in the past 24-hours, but it was the positivity rate of 6.48% that will likely be the good  news.

Shortly before the start of the second wave of infections late last year, health minister Zweli Mkhize stated a positivity rate of more than 10% was concerning.

The latest statistics released by Mkhize on Monday showed the positivity rate was significantly lower, with the 1,742 new cases coming from 26,859 tests.

There have been 1,479,253 cases of Covid-19 confirmed across SA since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country 11 months ago.

Mkhize also reported on Tuesday night that 396 deaths related to Covid-19 had been recorded in the past 24-hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 46,869.

Of the new deaths, 118 were in Limpopo, 85  in KwaZulu-Natal, 81 in Gauteng, 65  in the Western Cape, 20 in the Eastern Cape, 18 in Mpumalanga, six in the Free State and three in the Northern Cape.

To date, 1,367,247 recoveries have been recorded at a recovery rate of 92%.

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