Thirty nine people have died from coronavirus (COVID-19) related complications in South, the health ministry announced on Monday night.
Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, said the country recorded 725 new infections.
This takes South Africa’s Covid-19 death toll to 15,992 and infections to over 661 936.
With 661,936 confirmed cases, South Africa has the ninth most Covid-19 infections in the world, behind the USA, Brazil, India, Russia, Peru, Columbia, Mexico and Spain.
New infections are slowing in the country and from midnight, the country will enter into alert level 1 of the lockdown.
Covid-19 related deaths in the country have also slowed significantly from the heights of 572 daily deaths in July, to double digit deaths since mid-September.
The Department of Health said it had now tested over 4 million people in the private and public sector, with almost 6100 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
The Western Cape still has the most deaths, with 4121, Gauteng with 4039, Eastern Cape with 3079 and KZN, with 2532, have the most fatalities in the country.
Of the latest 39 deaths, Mkhize said the deaths came from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KZN.
Deaths by province:
North West – 16
Gauteng – 9
Eastern Cape – 9
Western Cape – 4
KZN – 1
“This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 15 992.
“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients.
“Our recoveries now stand at 591 208 which translates to a recovery rate of 89,3%,” said Mkhize.