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South Africa's Covid-19 cases now at 70 038, with another 57 deaths reported

Picture: Zanele Zulu/African News Agency/ANA

Picture: Zanele Zulu/African News Agency/ANA

Published Jun 15, 2020


Cape Town - South Africa's confirmed Covid-19 cases have increased by 4302 to 70 038 over the past 24 hours, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday. 

The country also recorded a further 57 Covid-19-related deaths. 

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The total number of people who have died from Covid-19 since the first patient was identified 101 days ago now stands at 1480, which represents a mortality rate of 2.1%, Mkhize said.

The Western Cape continues to have the highest number of infections and deaths, while the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga - with one Covid-19-linked fatality each - have recorded the lowest number of deaths.

All statistics supplied by National Department of Health

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Deaths and recoveries

Of the latest deaths, 42 were from Western Cape, 10 from the Eastern Cape and 5 from KwaZulu-Natal. 

The statistics released by Mkhize on Sunday show that  38 531 people have recovered from Covid-19 to date. This represents a recovery rate of 55%.

To date, 1 121 958 tests have been conducted cumulatively with a total of 34 071 new tests over the past 24 hours.

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SAPS Covid-19 cases

During a crime-fighting operation in Soweto on Saturday, Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed that 1 685 police officers have tested positive for Covid-19 and that 14 officers have died.

Of the positive cases in SAPS, 1 034 were the Western Cape, 119 from Gauteng and 186 from the Eastern Cape, Cele said.

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