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KZN, Gauteng record most fatalities as SA’s COVID-19 deaths pass 11k

More than 200 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in the last 24-hour cycle, with Gauteng and KZN accounting for more than half of the fatalities.

FILE: There have been 259 more deaths coronavirus-related reported in the last 24-hour cycle, on 13 August 2020. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa now has over 11,000 coronavirus-related fatalities, with 259 more deaths reported in the last 24-hour cycle.

The country's daily infection rate has gone up by more than 2,800, pushing the national number to nearly 569,000.

The number of people being tested is up, with more than 16,000 samples returning in the last 24 hours – the majority of them from private health care facilities.

Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal have again been hit hard by COVID-19 in the last 24-hour cycle, collectively they account for more than half of the reported deaths.

Seventy-four people died in KZN, while 108 died in Gauteng.

KZN, which is bracing for a surge in infections, has recorded more than a thousand daily new cases in the last reporting cycle.

Gauteng, which is still the epicentre of the pandemic, has recorded fewer than 600 new cases over the same period.

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