Blood samples from patients infected with the coronavirus disease.
The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has surpassed the 20 000 mark with the Health Ministry confirming 20 125 cases. The Ministry says this is an increase of 988.
It says 28 people have died from the disease caused by coronavirus in the last 24 hour period, bringing the death toll to 397.
The Western Cape remains the province with the highest numbers with 64% of cases and 65% of deaths.
The majority of fatalities are from the Western Cape where 22 people succumbed to COVID-19 related complications. The Eastern Cape had three deaths, Gauteng recorded two and one person died in KwaZulu-Natal.
The other five provinces haven’t recorded any new deaths. More than half of positive cases have recorded with the Health Ministry registering 10-thousand-104 recoveries. The number of people tested is over 543-thousand.
The Health Department in a statement revealed that 10 104 recoveries have been recorded to date. In the last 24 hours the department has conducted a total of 17 599 tests whilst over 500 000 tests in the country have been done all in all.
The Western Cape still has the highest number of confirmed cases with 12 888 COVID-19 cases and also boosts the numbers in recoveries with 6 126 recorded to date.