NATIONAL NEWS - The official recovery rate in South Africa from Covid-19 infections now stands at 89,4% as the country prepares to enter Lockdown Level 1 at midnight on Sunday.
In a statement on Saturday evening, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that 2,029 new cases were added to the national tally, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 659,656. In total, 589,434 recoveries have been recorded.
This means that the official death toll now stands at 15,940 after another 83 fatalities were recorded since Friday.
Of these deaths, 52 were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, four in the Eastern Cape, five in Gauteng, and 18 in the Limpopo province.
With South Africa passing the four million test mark on Friday, another 21,069 tests were conducted in the reporting period.
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