The novel coronavirus is brutally dealing with South Africa. Within a period of just 24 hours, 548 new Covid-19 cases have been pushing the total number of recorded infections in SA to 1,545,979.

This is according to health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, who released the latest daily figures on Monday night.

This new infections record came from 16,123 tests, at a positivity rate of 3.39%.

In other news, 47 new Covid-19 related deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours. Of these, 23 were in the North West, 15 were in Gauteng, three were in the Western Cape and in the Eastern Cape, two were in the Free State and one was in the Northern Cape.

This fresh data has pushed the total deaths of COVID-19 related deaths to 52,710.

To date, 1,472,645 recoveries have been recorded at a recovery rate of 95%.