COVID-19: Global cases top five million

File: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said it is clear that the number of people who are infected is going to increase.

File: Hospersa's Kevin Halama said the union believes the decision taken by the provincial government is unlawful and unfair.


JOHANNESBURG - Global coronavirus cases are now over five million.

Over 332,000 deaths have also been recorded.

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The US has the highest number of infections- almost 1.6 million with over 94,000 deaths.

Russia has second-highest cases with 300 thousand people affected.

Brazil, the United Kingdom and Spain round up the top five infection hotspots.

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Despite the high number of cases several countries are either planning to or have already eased lockdown restrictions.

South Africa's COVID-19 death toll has risen by 30 bringing the death toll to 369.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in SA is 19,137.

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The Health Department says a total of 525, 433 tests have been conducted to date with 18, 572 tests done in the past 24 hours.

The Western Cape leads with 235 fatalities followed by the Eastern Cape (50), KwaZulu Natal (46) and Gauteng (27).

Mpumalanga is the only province in South Africa yet to record a COVID-19 related death.

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