Deaths have dropped by 28% “but we wish nobody was still dying from Covid-19”, said Phaahla, adding that the official total of fatalities is 99,499 and the recovery rate is 96.6%
Despite these gains, the minister said it is “a major disappointment that the rate of infections has not declined as steadily as we hoped”.
It was hoped the positivity rate would drop below 5% by the end of February, but instead there is a persistent plateau.
“The positivity rate was 7% yesterday but we are hoping to see a more sustained decline,” said Phaahla.
Gauteng accounts for 38% of new cases, the Western Cape 20% and KwaZulu-Natal 15.5%. “All provinces have reported a decline except for KZN which showed no change in risk incidence,” said Phaahla.
SA has around 25,758 active cases, and despite the overall decline there had been a small increase of 1.3% over the last 24 hours.