As we step into the new season there is a wolf that has followed us from 2020. COVID-19 second wave.
On the first of the 2021 South Africa recorded 16 726 new cases of Covid-19 and 418 more Covid-19 related deaths, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday.
The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa is now 1 073 887 and the the total detected deaths has reached 28 887.
The Eastern Cape reported 66 Covid-related deaths on Friday, the Free State 8 , Gauteng 66, KwaZulu-Natal 134, Mpumalanga 6, and Western Cape 138.
The cumulative total of tests done to date is 6 659 318 with 50 110 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
Mkhize said the 16 726 new cases represent a positivity rate of 33.4%.
The total recoveries are 887 701, representing a recovery rate of 82,6%.
South Africa currently has the 17th most confirmed coronavirus cases in the world.