COVID-19 death toll surpasses 13,000

File: The Department of Health reported a further 72 COVID-19 related deaths bringing the number of deaths to 13 059.


JOHANNESBURG - The health department recorded 2,728 new cases of COVID-19 in the country on Sunday.

The cumulative total of confirmed cases in South Africa now stands at 609,773.

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The department reported a further 72 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the number of deaths to 13,059.

The number of recoveries is listed at 506,470 which translates to a recovery rate of 83 percent.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said South Africa has passed the surge of COVID-19 infections, citing decreasing numbers of infections in areas like Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The provinces have had some of the highest infection rates and have recently shown a decrease over the past few weeks.

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The minister said corruption linked to COVID-19 PPE tenders are devastating.

The Special Investigating Unit is probing government contracts worth R5-billion that may have been awarded irregularly.

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