A health worker sprays disinfectant on railings to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a bus depot in Cape Town
A health worker sprays disinfectant on railings to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a bus depot in Cape Town

259 more deaths take South Africa’s Covid-19 fatalities over 11 000

By Sihle Mlambo Time of article published Aug 12, 2020

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Johannesburg - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced 259 more coronavirus related deaths owing to Covid-19, which is double the number of deaths which were recorded on Tuesday night.

There were 2810 new infections, taking the total confirmed cases to 568 919.

On Tuesday night, 130 people were confirmed to have died of Covid-19 related deaths.

South Africa’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 11 010, with a majority of the deaths coming from the Western Cape (3485 deaths), Gauteng (2761), the Eastern Cape (2332), and KwaZulu-Natal (1524).

Of the 259 new deaths, Mkhize said the most deaths came from Gauteng, where more than 100 new deaths were noted.

Gauteng - 108 deaths

KZN - 74

Eastern Cape - 46

Western Cape - 31

“This brings the cumulative total of reported Covid-19 related deaths to 11 010,” said the minister.

“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased.

“The number of recoveries currently stands at 432 029 which translates to a recovery rate of 75.9%,” said Mkhize.

This means seven-and-a-half people out of every 10 who had Covid-19 since it first arrived in the country in March, have survived the virus.

South Africa has tested just under 3.3 million people since March and in the past 24 hours, just over 16 400 people were tested.

DeathsInfectionsRecoveries
South Africa11010568919432029
Western Cape348510053688735
Gauteng2761194685152061
Eastern Cape23328277978210
KZN152410149956758
Free State 4142957814522
North West1502220512486
Mpumalanga1491975516658
Northern Cape6869573698
Unknown50

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