The Health Department says 345 more people have succumbed to covid19 in South Africa on Tuesday.

Of the new fatalities, the Free State had the highest deaths with 116.

It’s followed by the Western Cape with 97, KwaZulu Natal with 89 and the Eastern Cape with 43.

This brings the total number of known deaths to 8,884.

The department says 4,456 new infections were recorded over the past 24 hour cycle.

The country’s cumulative number of confirmed case now stands at 521 318.

Meanwhile, a total of 363 751 people have recovered so far.

This means that the country has 148 683 active cases.

Meanwhile the Western Cape has 10 221 active cases and 3,236 people have died.