By Hassan Isilow
PRETORIA (AA) - South Africa reported 344 new coronavirus related deaths, pushing the national death toll to 37,449 the highest on the continent, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced late Monday.
Mkhize said they detected 9,010 new cases of the virus after conducting 39,901 tests, in a 24-hour period, pushing the total number of confirmed cases across the country to 1,346,936.
This is the lowest number of new daily infections recorded since Dec. 29. South Africa, which is currently experiencing its second wave, has been reporting between 12,000-15,000 cases daily.
The Coastal city of KwaZulu-Natal and tourism hub Western Cape continue to have the highest number of deaths and infections reported.
Africa’s most developed economy has so far conducted 7.6 million tests since the virus was first detected last March. The top doctor said at least 1,117,452 people have recovered from the deadly respiratory illness, representing a recovery rate of 83%.
South Africa, currently battling its second wave of COVID-19, has the highest number of infections and deaths on the continent and is the sixteenth most affected country globally.