SA exceeded one million cumulative Covid-19 infections on Sunday since the first case was reported in the country on March 5.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize said that the cumulative total had reached 1,004,413 cases.
“Regrettably, today we report 214 Covid-19 related deaths: Eastern Cape 123, Gauteng 17, KwaZulu-Natal 13, Northern Cape five and Western Cape 56. This brings the total to 26,735 deaths,” he said in a statement.
“A cumulative 6,445,318 tests have been conducted with 29,494 tests completed since the last report.
“Our recoveries currently stand at 844,874. This represents a recovery rate of 84,1%.”
The country’s first case was detected in a 38-year-old man who had traveled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of people who had returned to SA.
The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will reportedly meet this week, as South Africa continues to see record daily Covid-19 infections, rapidly approaching the 1 million confirmed cases.
As of 26 December, South Africa has reported a total of 994,911 Covid-19 cases, falling just short of the 1 million mark. There were 11,552 new daily cases reported, after two record increases of over 14,000 cases on Thursday and Friday this week.
There were also 256 new deaths, taking the total to 26,521, while recoveries are now at 839,194, leaving the country with a balance of 129,196 active cases.
The surge in cases has been driven by more gatherings over the festive season, as well as a more transmissible variant of the virus that has been discovered in South Africa.
According to the Sunday Times, citing a government insider, president Cyril Ramaphosa will recall cabinet ministers from their holidays to hold an urgent meeting on Tuesday (29 December) to address the crisis.
While it is not yet clear what restrictions will be modified at the meeting, a review could see:
Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane also warned that restaurants could face more restrictions if they do not adhere to the current lockdown regulations, the paper said.