COVID-19: SA death toll at 481, cases rise to 23,615

File: The health department congratulated South African laboratory services for completing over 2 million tests.

File: The health department congratulated South African laboratory services for completing over 2 million tests.

AFP/Michele Spatari

JOHANNESBURG - The Health Department has reported 52 new deaths due to COVID-19.

Of those deaths, 49 are from the Western Cape.

The fatalities include a second child under the age of nine-years-old.

The national death toll is now at 481.

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Almost 70% of deaths have been reported in the Western Cape.

The total number of people who tested positive for the virus has increased by 1032 to 23,615.

Of those, almost 12,000 have already recovered.

Close to 7 out of every 10 people who tested positive are from the Western Cape.

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