The number of people who have succumbed to COVID-19 in South Africa has surpassed 24 000 – after 184 fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours, once again marking a grim milestone in the country’s fight against the respiratory disease.

The death toll is currently at 24 011 with the Eastern Cape accounting for 103 of the latest fatalities, while 58 were in the Western Cape. In Gauteng, 11 people succumbed to the virus and in KwaZulu-Natal, 8 people died. COVID-19 also claimed four lives in the Free State.

COVID-19 deaths by province

Eastern Cape – 5873

Free State – 2104

Gauteng – 5146

KwaZulu-Natal – 3518

Limpopo – 522

Mpumalanga – 617

North West – 571

Northern Cape – 372

Western Cape – 5288

So far, 780 313 people in the country have managed to recover from the virus.

In a statement on Thursday, 17 December 2020, the health ministry said there are now 892 813 cases of the respiratory virus after an additional 9 126 infections were picked up in a 24-hour cycle.

COVID-19 cases by province

Province                                              Total cases for 17 December 2020

Eastern Cape                                     154 743

Free State                                           60 094

Gauteng                                              250 910

KwaZulu-Natal                                  149 182

Limpopo                                              19 686

Mpumalanga                                     32 730

North West                                        36 187

Northern Cape                                  23 934

Western Cape                                   165 347

The health ministry further said that a cumulative total of 6 011 235 tests have been completed with 42 543 new tests conducted since the last report. The private sector accounts for 58% of those tests while 42% of the tests were conducted in public facilities.

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