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COVID-19: Drop in SA’s new cases, 130 more people have died

One-hundred-and-thirty more people have died here in South Africa after contracting the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 10,751.

FILE: A City of Tshwane Health official takes a nasal swab to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus on a taxi operator at the Bloed Street Mall in Pretoria Central Business District, on 11 June 2020. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – While the death toll continues its grim climb, only 2,511 new cases were detected over the past 24-hour cycle.

One-hundred-and-thirty more people have died here in South Africa after contracting the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 10,751.

These infections put the number of known cases in the country since March to just over 566,100.

The recovery rate is 75%, with 426,000 people having recovered so far.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and scientists have warned that the real test now is how South Africans change their behaviour to curb the spread of the virus.

KwaZulu-Natal has overtaken the Western Cape becoming the province with the second-highest number of recorded COVID-19 infections.

With more than 100,000 cases, KwaZulu-Natal accounts for 17.8% of the country's known infections.

Gauteng still has the highest number with more than 194,000 cases.

As KwaZulu-Natal gears up for the anticipated peak in that province, it seems the confirmed number of daily new infections continues to decline steadily in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, and the Western Cape.

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