NATIONAL NEWS - As of Saturday 17 October, the total number of detected Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 702 131.
According to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, 1,928 new cases were identified since the last report.
38 more deaths have been reported: 10 from Eastern Cape, 10 from the Free State, 17 from Gauteng and one from Mpumalanga. This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 18,408.
The total number of recoveries is 630,436, which translate to 90%.
“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients.”