South Africa reports over 700 COVID deaths in 24 hours

People walk at a street in Cape Town, South Africa on December 27, 2020, Xabiso Mkhabela/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – MAY 18: A general view of protesters from the Seraleng mining community on May 18, 2020 in Rustenburg, South Africa. Seraleng residents gathered at Sibanye k5 mine shaft and it is alleged that the community complained of food parcel corruption by a local ward councillor. Grievances also included concerns with unemployment, loss of business and access to a social labour plan. (Photo by Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

South Africa reported 755 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 34,334, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced late Tuesday.

According to Mkhize, 13,105 new infections were also detected, pushing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 1,259,748.

The country’s economic hub of Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria, recorded the highest number of deaths at 225, followed by the coastal province of Kwa-Zulu Natal with 218 fatalities.

The tourism hub of Western Cape recorded 128 deaths, Eastern Cape 134 and the rest had less than 30 deaths each.

South Africa, currently battling its second wave of COVID-19, has the highest number of cases and deaths on the continent and is the 16th most-affected country globally.

A total of 1,019,123 patients have recovered from the deadly respiratory illness, representing a recovery rate of 81%.

Mkhize said some 7.2 million people have been tested for the virus since it was first detected in the country, with 50,671 tests conducted since Monday.