SA records 82 coronavirus-related deaths for the second day in a row

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South Africa has registered 82 COVID-19 related deaths for the second day in a row.  The confirmed cases jump to 52 991 with the recoveries now stands at 29 006, according to the Health Department’s latest figures.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Department says 61 of the deaths are from the Western Cape, 11 from the Eastern Cape, and 10 from Gauteng Province.  This brings the total national deaths to 1 162 with a mortality rate of 2,2%.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased,” reads the statement in part.

The Western Cape accounts for 65.7 % of the total coronavirus cases with 34 819.  Gauteng has 6 546 cases, which is 12.4% of the total number of cases in the country.

However, the number of recoveries to date translates to a recovery rate of 54,8%. So far 968 070 tests have been conducted.

Meanwhile, the High Court in Pretoria will rule on Wednesday on the urgency of the application brought by Educators Union of South Africa (Eusa) which is challenging the decision to reopen schools.

The union wants the court to set aside the reopening of schools by the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The union argues that the threat posed by COVID-19 is great and returning to school poses a greater threat to learners and educators.

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