Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has extended the national state of disaster by another month.
The state of disaster is now set to lapse on 15 February.
The extension of the national state of disaster will allow for the management of the spread of Covid-19 by maintaining certain restrictions including the wearing of masks, social distancing among other measures.
The government first declared a national state of disaster on 15 March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
While the state of disaster was originally set to lapse on 15 June, the Disaster Management Act allows for an extension by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister for a month at a time before it lapses.
In a gazette published on Wednesday, 13 January, Dlamini-Zuma said that the extension takes into account the need to continue supplementing the existing legislation and emergency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to address the impact of the disaster.
According to the latest figures released by the Health Ministry, 18 555 new Covid-19 cases were identified in South Africa during the last 24 hours.
Unfortunately, 806 patients succumbed to Covid-19-related illnesses.
As per the report, 150 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 24 from the Free State, 211 from Gauteng, 235 from KwaZulu-Natal, 14 from Limpopo, 14 from Mpumalanga, 7 from Northern Cape, and 151 from the Western Cape.