The number of Covid-19 related deaths in the Western Cape has risen to 1,048.

Premier Alan Winde says 40 people have succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours.

“We send our condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased at this time”.

The number of confirmed positive cases is at 40,232 – but 27,527 people have beaten the virus.

This means that province has 11, 657 active cases.

There are currently 1,226 people in hospital with 233 of them in ICU.