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SA’s coronavirus deaths surpass 10,000

More than half of the new deaths were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, which accounts for 153 fatalities.

FILE: Undertakers carry a coffin during the funeral proceedings for a COVID-19 coronavirus victim at a mosque in Cape Town, on 16 June 2020. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - More than 300 people have died from the coronavirus in the past 24-hour cycle, pushing South Africa’s cumulative death toll past 10,000.

The latest figures come amid a sense of optimism from the Health Department that the country may have staved off the worst-case scenario in the first peak of the pandemic.

More than half of the new deaths were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, which accounts for 153 fatalities.

But the province is only home to 13% of the country's 10,210 fatalities.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize visited KwaZulu-Natal this past week where he said he was satisfied with its state of readiness ahead of a projected peak in infections in the coming weeks.

There are now 553,188 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, after more than 7,000 new cases were picked up in the last day.

The recovery rate has continued to improve though, now hovering around 73%.

Globally, there are now 19,5 million cases and more than 724,000 people have died.

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