South Africa's COVID-19 death toll breaches 30,000 mark

The Health Department has confirmed 434 more fatalities were recorded over the past 24 hours.

FILE: A doctor walks in the Respiratory & Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit (RMPRU) at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto on 14 July 2020. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's coronavirus death toll has breached the 30,000 mark.

The Health Department has confirmed 434 more fatalities were recorded over the past 24 hours.

This means 30,011 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in this country since the start of the pandemic.

The country also racked up just over 12,600 new infections - pushing the known caseload to over 1,113,000.

Gauteng still accounts for the lion’s share of these infections with 301,212 cases, followed by the Western Cape with 221,657 cases and KwaZulu-Natal with 217,432 cases.

The recovery rate is hovering at around 82% - with just over 911,000 people having recuperated so far.

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