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South Africa’s COVID-19 Death Toll Rises To Over 4,000

A mine worker is shown his temperature, measured ahead of his shift, during a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a mine of Sibanye-Stillwater company in Carletonville, South Africa, May 19, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s COVID-19 death toll rose to 4,079 after 108 more patients succumbed to the virus over the weekend.

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12,058 new cases were also confirmed bringing the country’s total number of infections to 276,242.

Just yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced additional changes to alert level 3 Covid-19 regulations.

He declared that no more alcohol will be sold, family visits would still not be allowed and an evening curfew will be in place until August 15 2020.

“A quarter of those who have died, passed away in the last week,” he said.

Ramaphosa described Covid-19 as the “gravest crisis in the history of our democracy”.

On Saturday, the country moved into the global top 10 in terms of confirmed infections, local publication Sowetan Live reported.

According to the full figures provided by the health ministry after Ramaphosa’s address, Gauteng now has 98,431 confirmed infections, an increase of 5,387 in the past 24 hours.

South Africa has recorded a total of 134,874 recoveries, which is a recovery rate of 48.8%.

The figures were based on 2,154,391 tests so far, of which 45,821 were in the most recent 24-hour testing cycle.

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