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South Africa’s COVID-19 Cases Surpass 150,000

A man carrying a prayer mat and wearing a mask as a preventive measure against COVID-19 coronavirus has his temperature checked at the entrance of the Nizamiye Mosque ahead of the Friday prayer in Midrand, Johannesburg, on June 5, 2020. Michele Spatari / AFP

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa reached 151,209 after 6,945 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.

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According to Mkhize, the death toll in the country is at 2,657 after 128 more patients succumbed to the disease on Monday.

Mkhize also said that the mortality rate stood at 1.8%, while the number of recoveries was 73,543, translated into a rate of 48.6%.

Earlier in the day, the minister urged South Africans to prepare for continued spikes in confirmed cases and deaths.

Since May 1, South Africa has gradually eased lockdown regulations from level 5 to level 3 following a five-week hard lockdown enforced on March 27.

Another hard lockdown could be considered if the situation warrants it, Mkhize said.

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