The number of COVID-19 deaths in South Africa has increased by 30, bringing the total number to 369. The Western Cape still has the highest number of deaths with 265.

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“We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the healthcare workers who treated these patients,” says the Ministry of Health in a statement.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 19 137. The Western Cape accounts for 63.5% of the total number of cases, followed by Gauteng at 12.8%.

A total of 18 572  new tests have been conducted.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says over half a million people in South Africa have been tested and 11 million others screened.

The number of cases is expected to rise as the Grades 7 and 12  learners prepare to head back to school in June.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made the announcement earlier this week.