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South Africa’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 18

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Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that five more South Africans have lost their lives to the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the death toll to 18.

In a statement on Wednesday, 8 April 2020, Zweli Mkhize informed the public that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 1 845, with an increase of 96 since the last report. Furthermore, five more people have succumbed to the virus, bringing the death toll to 18. The deceased include a 55-year-old male and a 77-year-old male from the Free State, a 49-year-old male and a 52-year-old male from Gauteng, and a 70-year-old male from KwaZulu-Natal.

Gauteng remains the province with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 782, with the Western Cape following with 495. Mkhize has also reported that the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted to date is 63 776, which is an increase of 5 678 since the last report.

See the full statement below.


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