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17 more Covid-19 deaths, 8895 infections

Published May 8, 2020

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CAPE TOWN- 17 more Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded in South Africa as the total now stands at 178, while infections are at 8895, a steep increase of 663.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize said that there was a delay in reporting some of the deaths due to the stringent verification process.

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Of the latest victims, nine are from the Western Cape, three from Gauteng, three from the Eastern Cape and two from KwaZulu-Natal.

Mkhize said that435 patients are in hospitals as result of the coronavirus and that the country's hospitalisation rate is 5% of all Covid-19 diagnosed patients.

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