SA's COVID-19 related deaths increase to 18,492

A crew of a private ambulance service in Port Elizabeth wear personal protective equipment (PPE) ahead of checking on a patient affected by COVID-19.

File: COVID-19 cases continue to rise in some parts of South Africa.

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JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's COVID-19 death toll has increased to 18,492

The Health Department has reported 61 more deaths in the last 24 hours.

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There have been 1,461 new coronavirus cases in the country, taking the total number of cases to 705,254.

South Africa's recoveries now stand at 635, 257, which translates to a 90-percent recovery rate.