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SA COVID-19 deaths now 10 210, more than 300 people died in the past 24-hours

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More than 300 people have died from the coronavirus in the past 24-hour cycle, pushing South Africa’s cumulative death toll past 10,000.

The latest figures come amid a sense of optimism from the Health Department that the country may have staved off the worst-case scenario in the first peak of the pandemic.

More than half of the new deaths were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, which accounts for 153 fatalities.

But the province is only home to 13% of the country’s 10,210 fatalities.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize visited KwaZulu-Natal this past week where he said he was satisfied with its state of readiness ahead of a projected peak in infections in the coming weeks.

There are now 553,188 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, after more than 7,000 new cases were picked up in the last day.

The recovery rate has continued to improve though, now hovering around 73%.

Globally, there are now 19,5 million cases and more than 724,000 people have died.

In Other News – Special Investigating Unit closing in on those involved in COVID-19 tender fraud

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it’s probing about 26 allegations of corruption countrywide, linked to covid-19 relief funds.

In Gauteng alone, more than 160 companies are now being investigated for irregular tenders relating to personal protective equipment.

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Gauteng has been looted the most, a R2-billion PPE tender scandal is being probed. continue reading

Source – EWN