As of Friday 28 May 2021, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases in South Africa stood at 1,645,551 with 4,576 new cases recorded in a day, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.
123 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 0 from Eastern Cape, 38 from Free State, 23 from Gauteng, 6 from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), 16 from Limpopo, 6 from Mpumalanga, 0 from North West, 30 from Northern Cape and 4 from Western Cape.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 56,293.
Recoveries now stand at 1,551,520 meaning South Africa currently has a recovering rate of 93,8%.
A total of 11,535,429 tests have been completed with 39,802 new tests conducted since the last report.
The latest statistics for vaccines administered have not been communicated by Mkhize or the Department of Health.
As of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 1 645 551, with 4 576 new cases reported. 123 deaths have been reported which brings the total to 56 293 deaths. The cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 551 520 representing a recovery rate of 93, 8%. pic.twitter.com/Ah217LVZzy
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) May 28, 2021
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The US is the worst-affected country with 593,288 deaths, followed by Brazil with 456,674, India with 318,895, Mexico with 222,657 and Britain with 127,758.
The figures are based on reports by the health authorities in each country, but do not take into account upward revisions carried out later by statistical bodies.
The WHO says up to three times more people have died directly or indirectly due to the pandemic than official figures suggest.