South Africa has exceeded the 300 000 mark to reach a cumulative total of 311 049 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday (July 15).

Mkhize also confirmed a further 107 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 4 453.

Of the reported deaths, 41 were from Gauteng, 38 from Western Cape, 12 from North West and 4 from Eastern Cape, and 4 from KwaZulu-Natal.

Mkhize has conveyed his condolences to the loved ones of the departed, and also thanked the health care workers who treated the deceased.

The provincial breakdown of cases: Eastern Cape 55 584, Free State 6 561, Gauteng 112 714, KwaZulu-Natal 32 939, Limpopo 3 645, Mpumalanga 5 051, North West 11 225, Northern Cape 1 667, Western Cape 81 556 and 107 unknown cases.         

“The total number of tests conducted to date is 2 278 127 with 45 389 new tests conducted since the last report. The number of recoveries is 160 693 which translates to a recovery rate of 51.7%,” Mkhize said.

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