As of Tuesday, 19 January 2021, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,356,716 with 9,780 new cases identified, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.
839 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 102 from Eastern Cape, 20 from Free State, 48 from Gauteng, 263 from Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), 238 from Limpopo, 11 from Mpumalanga, 25 from North West, 2 from Northern Cape and 130 from Western Cape.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 38,288.
“The high number reported today is due to data reconciliation as part of the regular auditing process this includes the analysis of community data taking into account (amongst others): post mortem swabs, backlogged data and unconfirmed outcomes at facilities.
“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health workers that treated the deceased,” the minister said.
Recoveries now stand at 1,144,857 representing a recovery rate of 84%.
Meanwhile, a total of 7,700,019 tests have been completed with 46,648 new tests conducted since the last report.