This means the province, which is already the epicentre of COVID-19, has the second highest number of deaths, after the Western Cape which has recorded 2,467 fatalities.
Nationally, the number of infections has exceeded the 300 000 mark to reach a cumulative total of 311 049 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize also announced.
Mkhize has also confirmed a further 107 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 4 453.
Of the newly-reported deaths, 41 were from Gauteng, 38 from Western Cape, 12 from North West and 4 from Eastern Cape, and 4 from KwaZulu-Natal.
Mkhize has conveyed his condolences to the loved ones of the departed, and also thanked the health care workers who treated the deceased.
“The total number of tests conducted to date is 2 278 127 with 45 389 new tests conducted since the last report. The number of recoveries is 160 693 which translates to a recovery rate of 51.7%,” Mkhize said.
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