Steady decline as SA records 1,744 new cases, 78 deaths

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A morgue attendant at the Pretoria branch of the South African funeral and burial services company Avbob applies a biohazard warning on the body of a patient deceased of COVID-19 related illnesses as a coffin ig brough along ahead of his burial on January 22, 2021. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

South Africa’s official Covid-19 statistics show a steady decline after the second wave of the pandemic was fuelled by a mutation in the virus, discovered towards the end of last year.

On Sunday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that 1,744 new cases, and 78 additional deaths, had been reported n the preceding 24 hours.

As a result, the country is now heading towards the 1.5 million confirmed case tally with a total of 47,899 deaths.

The recovery rate stands at 93% with 55,587 active cases on the books.

KwaZulu-Natal has the most number of active cases at 18,802, followed by the Western Cape with 8,624.

The Citizen