As we wait to see what will happen to the daily infection rate for COVID-19 in South Africa, and the impact that lowered level 1 regulations and an impending festive season will have, the National Department of Health (NDoH) has released its latest report.

In it, the NDoH confirms that 1 987 new cases have been reported over the past 24 hours, which pushes the total number of infections in the country to date to 754 256.

The department adds that over 5.16 million tests have been conducted so far, with 696 820 recoveries also being reported. The latter results in a recovery rate of 92.4 percent.

Unfortunately, however, 119 new fatalities have been reported too, which is the highest number so far this week. The current number of deaths related to COVID-19 now sits at 20 433.

Of the new 119, the NDoH says that the Eastern Cape accounts for 36, the Free State with 22, Gauteng has 42, KwaZulu-Natal with seven, Mpumalanga has one and the Western Cape contributes 11.

The full breakdown of COVID-19 in South Africa is as follows:

Provinces Confirmed Cases Recoveries Active cases Deaths
Western Cape 122 340 112 371 9 969 4 475
Eastern Cape 110 312 96 300 14 012 4 122
Northern Cape 22 771 18 742 2 859 301
Free State 58 499 48 593 9 906 1 708
KwaZulu-Natal 125 102 116 518 8 584 3 294
North West 34 371 32 100 2 271 510
Mpumalanga 30 758 29 747 1 011 612
Gauteng 231 860 225 067 6 793 4 931
Limpopo 18 243 17 382 861 480
Unknown 0
TOTAL 754 256 696 820 57 436 20 433

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