The number of people who have managed to recover from COVID-19 in South Africa has surpassed the one million mark, which many will argue is much-needed good news in the country’s efforts to counter the spread of the virus.

As of Wednesday, 12 January 2021, exactly 1 019 123 South Africans have defeated the coronavirus, which translates to a recovery rate of 81%.

The latest figures come just a week after the country saw a record spike in COVID-19 cases and single-day deaths. The recovery rate has increased by more than 2% in just two days as on Monday, 11 January 2021, it stood at 78.1%.

The country is currently experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 infections, many of which were exacerbated by a new variant of the virus, discovered by scientists in November 2020. The number of cases is however, likely to continue rising, particularly in Gauteng, as people return after spending the festive season in other parts of the country.

SA’s COVID-19 death toll breaches 34 000

The number of people who have succumbed to COVID-19 is currently at 34 334. This is after 775 fatalities were picked up in the last 24 hours.

Both Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, which have recorded the highest numbers of active cases of COVID-19, have each reported more than 200 deaths in the last day.

Of the latest deaths, 255 were in Gauteng, 218 in KwaZulu-Natal, 134 in the Eastern Cape, 128 in the Western Cape, 26 in the Free State, both Limpopo and Mpumalanga have recorded 11 deaths and two in the Northern Cape.

“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased,” Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a short statement.

Mkhize has also said that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic – is currently at 1 259 748, after 13 105 cases were picked up.

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Presh JM Reporter

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