South Africa’s COVID-19 death toll has increased by 14. This brings the total national coronavirus related deaths to 261.
In the last 24 hour cycle of testing nationwide, 831 new cases have been identified.
The Eastern Cape and Western Cape combined comprise 91-percent of the new 831 cases.
The country’s COVID-19 cases now stand at 14,355, with 6,478 recoveries.
The Department of Health says 439, 559 tests have been conducted with 18,004 done in the last 24-hour cycle.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your tenacity, stoicism and true partnership with government. Together we succeeded in flattening the curve, which facilitated ramping up and cohesion of our health care system as well as preparation of our spaces as we resume our economic and social development,” said Dr Zweli Mkhize on Saturday.
“A few examples is that we have screened 10 737 341 citizens, we now have 376 sites identified for quarantine nationally with 30 823 quarantine beds. Significantly our mortality rate, 1.8 percent, remains well below the global average which is currently 6.6 percent and our recovery rate is 42.4 percent, above the global average of 38 percent,” he concluded.
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) May 16, 2020