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1 461 New COVID-19 Cases In SA

UWC post-doctoral research fellow, Dr Tasnim Suliman, is studying live SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) samples to better understand the virus’ behaviour when exposed to e.g. antibodies and antiviral drug candidates. Picture: EWN

The Department of Health confirmed that the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 705 254 with 1 461 new cases identified since the last report.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 565 980 with 16 502 new tests conducted since the last report.

Yesterday, the Department reported a cumulative total of 3 176 deaths for KwaZulu-Natal.

This was a typographical error which occurred when the total number was recorded, following verification.

The Department therefore confirm that yesterday’s total number of deaths for KwaZulu Natal was 3 136. This means the total number of deaths nationally for 18 October 2020 was 18 431.

The Department reported 61 COVID-19 related deaths today: 21 from Eastern Cape, 19 from the Free State, 3 from Gauteng, 1 from Mpumalanga 6 from Northern Cape, 8 from Western Cape and 3 from KwaZulu Natal.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 18 492.

Of the 61 deaths reported today, 11 were reported to have occurred in the past 24-48 hours: 3 in Gauteng, 1 in Mpumalanga and 7 in the Western Cape.

South Africa’s recoveries now stand at 635 257 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%

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