South Africa records 1,897 new cases, 48 deaths

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 06: Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize visits Clairwood Hospital ahead of the expected peak in the Province on August 06, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. According to a media release, the Minister will visit a few COVID-19 facilities across the province and sit down with Provincial and District management in an attempt to better understand challenges faced by the province. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images)
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 06: Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize visits Clairwood Hospital ahead of the expected peak in the Province on August 06, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. According to a media release, the Minister will visit a few COVID-19 facilities across the province and sit down with Provincial and District management in an attempt to better understand challenges faced by the province. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

South Africa recorded 1,897 new coronavirus cases Friday, bringing the nationwide number to 712,412, according to its health minister.

“Regrettably, we report 48 COVID-19 related deaths today. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 18,891,” Dr Zweli Mkhize said in the latest update.

The top health official said of the 48 deaths, seven occurred in the past 48 hours.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients,” he said.

The country’s recovery rate now stands at 90 percent, which is equivalent to 643,523 people.

South Africa has the highest number of COVID-19 cases on the African continent and is the twelfth most affected country in the world after the UK, Mexico and Peru reported higher numbers.

Mkhize expressed concern about the rising numbers of positive cases in South Africa.

“Over the past week, there has been an increase of 9.1 percent in new cases,” he said, with an increase of 10.7 percent in the last 14 days.

Dr Mkhize urged residents to continue wearing face masks in public, wash hands frequently and practice social distancing.

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