The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 177 124, after the country reported 9 063 new cases in the last 24 hours, the Department of Health said on Friday.

In a statement, the Department has also reported a further 108 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total deaths to 2 952.

“ Three from Northern Cape, eight from Eastern Cape, 29 from North West, 10 from KwaZulu -Natal and 58 from Western Cape.”

“We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased.”  The mortality rate in the country is at 1.7%.

The number of recoveries is 86 298, which translates to a recovery rate of 48.7%.  A total number of 1 745 153 tests have been completed of which 39 025 new tests are reported.

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Meanwhile, 11 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, about 6 million have recovered, and more than 525 000 have died.