Daily Covid-19 update: 3,749 new cases reported as third wave cautioned

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As of Friday, 05 February 2021, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,470,516 with 3,749 new cases identified, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.

297 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 49 from Eastern Cape, 40 from Free State, 52 from Gauteng, 35 from Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), 68 from Limpopo, 16 from Mpumalanga, 2 from Northern Cape and 35 from Western Cape.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 45,902.

Recoveries now stand at 1,335,618 representing a recovery rate of 90.8%. Meanwhile, a total of 8,436,569 tests have been completed with 36,250 new tests conducted since the last report.

On Thursday evening, Mkhize warned that South Africa and the continent could face a possible third wave of Covid-19.

The minister said the third wave could be more devastating than the first and second waves.

“It is also likely that we might face the third wave and therefore there is no way of being able to prevent it, and its impact will even probably be more devastating,” Mkhize said.

The Citizen