South Africa reports 13 more deaths related to COVID-19

Checking temperatures in a Durban township in South Africa.PHOTO/AP

South Africa on Friday reported 304 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 more related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 116.

In his latest update on the pandemic, South Africa’s Health Minister said the new deaths were reported in the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape provinces.

“As we have undertook to only report fully verified deaths, we would like to indicate that there has been a delay in assessing and verifying some of those reports,” he said.

As of Friday, the number of confirmed cases was 5,951 with 2,382 recoveries, the minister said.

According to the minister, more than 217 000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in South Africa and large scale testing continues.