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8,975 New Infections Of COVID-19 Recorded In South Africa

A learner is screened as schools begin to reopen after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown in Langa township in Cape Town, South Africa June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings.

Cases of COVID-19 surpassed the 200,000 mark in South Africa on Monday night after 8,975 new cases were confirmed.

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This makes the country to become the 15th or 14th worst-hit country in the world in terms of total cases, SABC reported.

South Africa recorded its first confirmed case on March 5, when a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife tested positive. Twenty-two days later, the first fatality was reported.

On June 6, the country had 45,973 confirmed cases – meaning that there has been a 159,748 increase in the past month.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize in releasing the latest figures on Monday, also confirmed there were 111 additional Covid-19 related deaths recorded since Sunday’s statistical release.

This takes the country’s total fatalities to 3,310 – the 24th highest global death toll.

The most recent fatalities were recorded in Gauteng (50), Western Cape (35), Limpopo (17) and Eastern Cape (9).

In terms of fatalities, the most deaths have been recorded in the Western Cape (2,101), followed by the Eastern Cape (528), Gauteng (403) and KwaZulu-Natal (183).

There have also been 97,848 recoveries reported to date.

The data is from a total of 1,864,111 overall cases, of which 33,950 were done in the past 24 hours.

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