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SA's active Covid-19 cases fall towards 60,000, but deaths rise by 101

SA's Covid-19 outbreak continues to show signs of slowing down.
SA's Covid-19 outbreak continues to show signs of slowing down.
Image: 123rf/Iuliia Nemchinova

SA's Covid-19 outbreak lost more momentum on Saturday, even as 101 more deaths were reported in health minister Zweli Mkhize's daily statistical update.

Despite 1,806 new confirmed infections, active cases fell to 60,901. This is the same level they were at towards the end of June when infections were doubling every fortnight.

The latest doubling rate, with a total of 636,884 infections, is around 52 days. The number of active cases has fallen by almost a third in the last two weeks.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 deaths - 14,779 - means SA's mortality rate is 2.32%. This compares with a global average of 3.27%.

SA's slowing infection rate means Peru and Colombia have surpassed its case total and pushed SA to seventh on the list of countries with the most cases.

The next country on course to overtake SA is Mexico, which has 13,000 fewer cases. But there is a gap of 120,000 cases to the next nation on the list, Spain.


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