South Africa records 649 new cases and 43 deaths in 24 hours

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Cases of the novel coronavirus in South Africa have increased by 649 in the past 24 hours the minister of Health Zweli Mkhize announced last night.

The total number of infections totals to 24 264 making South Africa the most infected country in Africa having more than about 22% of the continental infections.

The health minister also announced that 43 new coronavirus related deaths we’re recorded amounting to a total of 524 deaths in the country. Which is about 16% of the continental total number of Coronavirus deaths.

The deaths consists of 243 women and 281 men. Last week South Africa recorded a bizarre COVID-19 death of a two days old baby.

This has been recorded to be the youngest infection and death in the world.

More than half a million people have been tested in South Africa to date. In the last 24 hours close to 10 000 people were tested.

It is good to note that the recovery rate is at 53% with having a total of 12 741 people recovering from the virus.

Provincial COVID-19 case breakdown:

The following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been detected in each province as of Tuesday 26 May:

  • Gauteng – 3 043 cases;
  • Western Cape – 15 829 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 1 927 cases;
  • Free State – 206 cases;
  • Eastern Cape – 2 864 cases;
  • Limpopo – 132 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 103 cases;
  • North West – 115 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 45 cases.
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