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40 more people die from COVID-19, SA death toll at 683

The health ministry has also confirmed 1,716 new cases of COVID 19, putting the total number at 32,683.

FILE: The Western Cape remains the epicentre in the country while the national recovery rate currently stands at 51.4%. Picture: 123rf.

JOHANNESBURG – Forty more people have died from the coronavirus in South Africa, bringing the national death toll to 683.

The health ministry has also confirmed 1,716 new cases of COVID 19, putting the total number at 32,683.

"A total of 725,125 tests have been processed cumulatively of which 23,242 tests have been conducted since the last report," a statement from the ministry said on Sunday night.

The Western Cape - the epicentre of the outbreak in the country - accounts for more than 21,000 cases; that's 65% of the total number of infections.

More than 500 people in that province have since died and more than 11,000 others have recovered.

Gauteng has the second largest number of infections, more than 4,000 people have contracted the virus.

Of these infections, more than half have recovered while 33 people have died.

The Eastern Cape now has almost 4,000 cases with the second highest mortality rate with 82 people who have died.

More than 2,500 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in KwaZulu-Natal and of these, more than 1,200 have since recovered.

Fifty-two patients have died in that province.