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EC, Limpopo record first COVID-19 deaths as total mounts to 48

The country also recorded an increase of COVID-19 death-related cases with the total number sitting at 48. The Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces recorded their first deaths.

FILE: Medical swabs to test for the coronavirus. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa now has a total of 2,605 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

According to a statement by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday night, the country also recorded an increase of COVID-19 death-related deaths with the total number sitting at 48. The Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces recorded their first deaths.

Gauteng continues to be the epicentre of the virus on the country with 969, followed by the Western Cape 675 and KwaZulu-Natal with 539.

Mkhize said a total of 95,060 tests had been conducted throughout the country.

"We are also encouraged by the increased number of patients who have recovered from COVID19," Mkhize said as 903 patients are reported to have recovered.

There are 16 unallocated cases.