As of Wednesday, 16 December, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 883 687 with 10 016 new cases identified, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.
In a statement, Mkhize highlighted that South Africa’s case were “growing exponentially”, with the positivity rate is standing at 21%.
“This far exceeds the ideal positivity rate of 10%. Today alone we’ve seen a significant increase in the daily numbers, with the Western Cape continuing to lead and now breaching the 3000 mark for the first time this week. 7 other provinces reported increases today whilst Eastern Cape reported a decrease in their new cases today,” Mkhize said.
Meanwhile, 166 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 89 from Eastern Cape , 9 from Free State, 10 from Gauteng, 25 from Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), 2 from Limpopo and 31 from Western Cape.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 23 827.
“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health workers that
treated the deceased,” the minister added.
Recoveries now stand at 774 585.
A cumulative total of 5 968 692 tests have been completed with 48 118 new tests conducted since the
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