Johannesburg – The number of people who have died in South Africa due to contracting Covid-19 has risen to 13,308 after 149 more people died from the virus.
On Tuesday, the health department announced that 1,567 new infections had been picked up over the past 24-hour cycle – pushing the number of known cases in the country since March to 613,000.
Gauteng has recorded the highest number of deaths at 54, followed by KwaZulu- Natal with 35 deaths, 18 from the Western Cape, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape both recorded 16 deaths while 10 were recorded in the Northern Cape.
The recovery rate is still at 84%, with over 520, 000 people having recovered so far.
Meanwhile, the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) on Tuesday said that it had put a contingency measures in place amid the ongoing strike by workers.
The strike was declared unlawful by the Labour Court on Monday.
Workers are protesting staff shortages and the lack of personal protective equipment, among other issues.