South Africa records 3,184 new COVID-19 infections

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Medical staff members were preparing for receiving patients outside the Phelophepa health train in Springs, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sept. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Yeshiel)
Medical staff members were preparing for receiving patients outside the Phelophepa health train in Springs, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sept. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Yeshiel)

South Africa recorded 3,184 new coronavirus infections, taking the country’s total to 1,473,700, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said late Saturday.

“Regrettably, we report a further 278 COVID-19 related deaths,” Mlkhize said, adding that it brings the number of fatalities to 46,180.

The coastal city of Kwa-Zulu Natal had the highest death toll Saturday with 109, followed by the tourism province of Western Cape which recorded 57 deaths.

Gauteng province, which includes the capital of Pretoria and the largest city, Johannesburg, registered 50 deaths. While the remaining six provinces each have less than 47 deaths reported.

South Africa has the highest number of COVID-19 cases on the continent and is also struggling with a newly discovered variant that has spread to several countries.

Africa’s most advanced economy has conducted 8,469,756 tests with 33,187 new tests recorded since Friday.

1.3 million South Africans have recovered from the virus, representing a recovery rate of 91%.

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