South Africa recorded 12 056 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said on Saturday. 

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,368 105. 

This increase of 12 056 new COVID-19 cases represents a 24.3 % positivity rate. 

A further 413 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 69 488 to date.

“The cumulative number of recoveries is 2,147 168.” 

An increase of 455 hospital admissions has been reported in the past 24 hours.

The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases – 3 670 (30%), followed by the Western Cape with 2 587 new cases (21%) and KwaZulu-Natal with 1 701 new cases (14%) provinces. 

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14, 527 278 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation again on Sunday, 25 July. 

The Minister of Basic Education provided an update on the state of readiness of South African schools on Saturday, 24 July. 

Primary and secondary schools across the country are expected to resume lessons on Monday, 26 July, and the Motshekga said the education sector is ready to welcome learners.

Motshekga said 180 schools were damaged during the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng and other buildings associated with the education department were also damaged.

Motshekga said that the education sector is ready to reopen schools on Monday after countless consultation sessions, but the final decision still rests on the shoulders of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is expected to address South Africa on Sunday.

“Depending on confirmation by the President tomorrow after Cabinet, as a sector, there is agreement across the board that we are ready for the reopening of schools on Monday, 26 July 2021,” said Motshekga.

The minister said school management and support staff began returning to schools on Thursday to prepare for the return of learners and teachers on Monday.

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Presh JM Reporter

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