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188 more COVID-19 fatalities take SA death toll to 16,586

The number of people worldwide who have died of COVID-19 has passed 1 million, with many regions still reporting surging numbers of new infections.

The Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku with teams of field workers in Ekurhuleni District, Glen Marikana Informal settlement to form part of the screening and testing campaign aimed to combat the spread of COVID-19 on 17 April 2020. Pictures: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - One hundred and eighty-eight more people have died in South Africa after contracting the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 16,586.

The Health Ministry said that 903 new infections were picked up over the past day, pushing the number of known cases in this country to over 671,000.

The recovery rate is holding steady at 90%, meaning more than 604,000 people have so far recovered.

The number of people worldwide who have died of COVID-19 has passed 1 million, with many regions still reporting surging numbers of new infections.

The tally by Johns Hopkins University shows that deaths in the US, Brazil and India make up nearly half that total.

Experts are warning, however, that the true figure is probably much higher.

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