Covid-19: South Africa deaths exceeds 37,000 mark

A healthcare worker attends to a patient in Gauteng Province, South Africa 

PRETORIA, Jan 18 (NNN-SANEWS) — South Africa’s death toll due to Coronavirus has now surpassed the 37,000 mark after 254 people passed away on Sunday.

According to the latest data, 72 deaths were recorded in the Western Cape, 59 in Gauteng, 40 in KwaZulu-Natal, 26 in the North West, 22 in the Eastern Cape, 16 in Mpumalanga, 13 in Free State and six in the Northern Cape.

This brings the total to 37,105 deaths since the outbreak.

Meanwhile, the number of infections has risen to a cumulative 1,337,926 with 12,267 new cases identified since the last report.

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said there are 202,380 COVID-19 active cases.

A bulk of active cases can be found in KwaZulu-Natal sitting at 64,016, followed by Gauteng with 45,363, while 40,437 can be found in the Western Cape. Meanwhile, the North West has 13,652 people who are currently infected, 10,064 in Free State, 8,528 in Mpumalanga, 8,461 in Limpopo, 7,390 in Eastern Cape and 4,469 in the Northern Cape.

In addition, the recovery rate stands at 82.1% after 1,098,441 patients beat COVID-19.

“The cumulative total tests conducted to date is 7,613,470 with 54,696 new tests conducted since the last report.”

According to the World Health Organisation, there have been 93,194,922 confirmed global cases of COVID-19, including 2,014,729 deaths. — NNN-SANEWS