SA sees record number of single-day COVID-19 fatalities

These deaths have pushed the national toll to almost 6,000.

Emergency paramedics wearing a full COVID-19 coronavirus personal protective equipment (PPE) transfer an empty gurney to an ambulance at the Greenacres Hospital in Port Elizabeth, on 10 July 2020. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has recorded the highest number of coronavirus-linked deaths in a 24-hour cycle, with the Health ministry confirming a staggering 572 fatalities.

These deaths have pushed the national toll to almost 6,000.

Since the virus was detected here on home soil, close to 395,000 people have tested positive.

So far, almost 230,000 people have recovered.

The Eastern Cape has confirmed 400 more deaths linked to COVID-19, meaning that the province now has the second-highest fatality rate in the country.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize visited the Eastern Cape just yesterday where he projected that the province was likely to exceed 9,000 deaths when the peak arrives there next month.

Gauteng has recorded an additional 114 deaths along with another 5,000 COVID-19 infections.

KwaZulu-Natal, which has been identified as the next possible epicentre of the pandemic, has seen almost 3,000 more cases.

On the upside, 21,000 people have recovered form the virus in the last 24-hour cycle.

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