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COVID-19: Additional attention directed to EC as its cases hit 4,526

The health ministry on Wednesday also confirmed the number of known cases in the country has risen to 37,525.

FILE: The Western Cape and the Eastern Cape jointly account for 78% of the cases. Picture: 123rf.

JOHANNESBURG - Thirty-seven more people have succumbed to the coronavirus, pushing South Africa's death toll to 792.

The health ministry on Wednesday also confirmed the number of known cases in the country has risen to 37,525.

The Western Cape and the Eastern Cape jointly account for 78% of the cases.

The recovery rate in South Africa is now 52% with almost 20,000 patients recovering from COVID-19.

However, the mortality rate continues to increase with the Western Cape reporting the highest number of deaths in the country at 597.

The Eastern Cape has also seen a rapid increase in its mortality rate, 95 people have succumbed to the virus in that province.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said additional attention was being directed to the Eastern Cape to ensure it could adequately respond to stop the rapid spread of the virus.

The Eastern Cape currently has 4,526 infections.

More than 785,000 tests have been conducted so far in both private and public hospitals.