Cape Town – Health Minister Zweli Mkhize reported 21,606 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the cumulative total number of cases identified in South Africa to 1,214,176.
A total of 7,120,847 tests were completed, and 77,167 tests have been conducted since the last report, Mkhize said.
“Unfortunately, we are reporting another 399 deaths related to Covid-19: East Cape 85, Free State 11, Gauteng 69, Kwa-Zulu Natal 96, Limpopo 5, Mpumalanga 15, North Cape 12 and West Cape 106. This brings total deaths. cases to 32,824, ”the minister said.
“We express our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the health workers who treated the deceased.”
The recovery is now 956,712, representing a recovery rate of 78.9%
One of the cases confirmed on Saturday was the case of Deputy Minister for Co-operation in Management and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Obed Bapela.
“The deputy minister has done his fourth test since the outbreak of the pandemic after showing some symptoms. He received the results today, January 9, 2021. Under Covid regulations, the deputy minister is in self-quarantine, ”said Cabinet spokesman Phumla Williams.
“The Deputy Minister called on all South Africans to play their part by continuing to adhere to all health protocols, such as regular hand washing / sanitizing, wearing a face mask covering both nose and mouth and practicing social distancing at all times.”
Earlier this week Williams also announced that Deputy Water and Sewerage Secretary David Mahlobo was positive on Covid-19.
“Deputy Minister Mahlobo remains in good spirits and is in quarantine at home. All those who have been in contact with him will also isolate themselves in their homes, ”Williams said.