160 more Covid-related deaths in SA

160 more Covid-related deaths in SA

An additional 160 Covid-related deaths have been reported in the last 24-hour reporting cycle.

Medical personnel move a deceased patient to a refrigerated truck serving as make shift morgues at Brooklyn Hospital Center on April 09, 2020 in New York City. America's coronavirus epicenter of New York recorded a new single-day high of 799 COVID-19 deat
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This pushed the country’s total fatalities to 86 376.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported that there were 2 197 new Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa.

This pushes the country’s total confirmed cases to 2 886 331.

The good news is South Africa maintained its sustained downward trend in infections and deaths for almost two weeks.

The NICD says the latest increase represents a 6.1% positivity rate.

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This means the country is getting closer to the positivity rate of 5% the World Health Organisation (WHO) deems acceptable.

Although KwaZulu-Natal is the leading province with the highest number of new cases in the country, the province’s cases remain below 1000.

In the last 24 hours, it recorded 594 new cases.

“The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (27%), followed by Western Cape (17%). Eastern Cape accounted for 15%; Free State accounted for 14%; Gauteng Province accounted for 12%; Mpumalanga and Northern Cape each accounted for 6% respectively; North West accounted for 4%, and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases,” the NICD said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

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