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COVID-19 infections jump to 1,462 - Mkhize

He made the announcement on Thursday evening in Bloemfontein.

FILE: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday announced that the number of coronavirus infections in the country is at 1,462.

He made the announcement on Thursday evening in at the Universitas Academic Hospital in Bloemfontein.

The minister said the number of COVID-19 deaths remained at five while the department was waiting for the clarification and verification of two others.

"In terms of recovery we are close to 45."

He has appealed to residents of the Free State to stay at home and abide by the regulations of the lockdown in order to curb the spread of the virus.

"In the Free state, the total number of COVID-19 cases is 86. Seventy-six of these are in Mangaung."

WATCH: Mkhize updates the nation on COVID-19 cases