South Africa has recorded 173 more covid-19 related deaths on Monday, bringing the death toll to 8,539.

Of the new fatalities, Mpumalanga had the highest number of deaths at 45.

It’s followed by the Gauteng with 37, the Western Cape with 31, North West with 28, the Eastern Cape with 20 and KwaZulu Natal with 12.

The Health Department says more than 5,000 new infections were recorded over the past 24 hour cycle.

The cumulative number of confirmed cases now stand at 516 862.

However, the department says the total number of recoveries is at 358 037.

This indicates that the country has 150 286 active cases.

The department says more than 3 million tests have been conducted so far.