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S. Africa reports record daily increase in COVID-19 cases

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South Africa on Saturday reported 831 cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase since the country reported its first case in early March.

With the newly confirmed cases, the country’s caseload has reached 14,355, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update.

Cases in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces combined comprise 91 percent of the 831 cases, said Mkhize.

The country also reported 14 new deaths from COVID-19, taking the national total to 261, he said.

So far, 6,478 patients have recovered from the disease, the minister said, adding the mortality and recovery rates stand at 1.8 percent and 42.4 percent respectively.

As of Saturday, 439,559 tests have been conducted, with 18,004 done over the last 24 hours, said Mkhize.

He said South Africa has succeeded in flattening the curve, which facilitated the ramp-up and cohesion of the country’s health care system as well as preparation of hospital spaces as the country began to resume its economic and social development.

“We have screened 10,737,341 citizens, and we now have 376 sites identified for quarantine nationally with 30,823 quarantine beds,” he said.

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