South Africa has reached a sad milestone, as the number of deaths reported from the Covid-19 pandemic has passed the 18 000 mark.

The number of deaths reported has risen by 165, bringing the total to 18 028.

Of the most recently reported deaths, 31 are from the Eastern Cape, 28 from the Free State, 50 from KwaZulu Natal, 31 from Gauteng, 5 from Limpopo, 4 from Mpumalanga, 5 from Northern Cape and 11 from the Western Cape.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases has reached 694 537 with 1 178 new cases having been identified.

The number of tests done to date is at 4 433 952 with 15 534 new tests conducted since the last report. The recoveries now stand at 625 574 which translates to a recovery rate of 90 percent.

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