South Africa records 1,622 new COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths

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A medical worker checks the temperature of a local resident during a regional health screening program in Rustenburg, South Africa on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. South Africa is mid-way through a three-week national lockdown and has sealed off its borders in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected 1,749 people so far and claimed the lives of 13. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A medical worker checks the temperature of a local resident during a regional health screening program in Rustenburg, South Africa on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images

South Africa recorded 1,622 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the nationwide number to 715,868, according to its health minister.

“Regrettably, we report 24 COVID-19 related deaths today. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 18,968,” Dr. Zweli Mkhize said in the latest update.

The top health official said of the 24 deaths reported today, 5 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 90.3 percent, which is equivalent to 646,170 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.

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