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The Department of Health has recorded 85 more COVID-19 related deaths, raising the death toll to 18 741.

In a statement released by the department, 2 055 new infections were reported in 24 hours since Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the outbreak to 708 359.

The recovery rate is 90%, with 641 706 people recuperating so far.

On Wednesday night, the total cases in South Africa’s main provinces were as follows: Western Cape: 114 964, Gauteng: 226 073, KwaZulu-Natal: 121 647 and Eastern Cape: 92 566.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said: “We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,”

Earlier this week, Mkhize warned that the resurging infections could lead to a review on lockdowns after new cases rose by 42% in Western Cape in two weeks.

He said the increase in infections informs the recommendations that the Health Department makes to the National Coronavirus Council.

Mkhize highlighted a “super-spreader event” at Tin Roof bar in Cape Town as the cause of the spike in infections in Western Cape.

“According to our resurgence plan, we define this significant spike in new cases in the Western Cape as a resurgence. Nationally infections in the last two week have risen 10.7%, which was also a concerning trend,” he said.

On Sunday, the Minister announced that he and his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus. He said their health is improving each day.

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