South Africa reported 755 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 34,334, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced late Tuesday. 

Mkhize said 13,105 new infections were also detected, pushing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 1,259,748.

The country’s economic hub of Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria, recorded the highest number of deaths at 225, followed by the coastal province of Kwa-Zulu Natal with 218 fatalities.

The tourism hub of Western Cape recorded 128 deaths, Eastern Cape 134 and the rest had less than 30 deaths each.

South Africa, currently battling its second wave of COVID-19, has the highest number of cases and deaths on the continent and is the 16th most affected country globally.

A total of 1,019,123 patients have recovered from the deadly respiratory illness, representing a recovery rate of 81%.

Mkhize said some 7.2 million people have been tested for the virus since it was first detected in the country, with 50,671 tests conducted since Monday.

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By Prof. Joel Barasa

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) Faculty of Computer and Informatics, School of Science P. O. Box 62157-00200 Nairobi -Lang’ata Main Campus Email: Phone: +254705451853/+254769257365 LinkedIn: GitHub: Websites: and Mr. Barasa I. Joel is a Kenyan citizen by birth. He is currently an adjunct lecturer and an IT specialist in Curriculum studies in the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Mr. Joel holds Post Graduate Program (EPGP) in Data Science, Business Analytics & Big Data in association with IBM which is India's first and the best Masters in Data Science from mUniversity, Aegis School of Business, Data Science, Cyber Security & Telecommunication. He also holds a Degree in BSc. Information Technology from the University of Kabianga, a Professional Certification CCNA and Data Analysis from the University of Kabianga. Joel is senior Software Developer with over 5 years worked on many projects like Kenbright Insurance, Rongo University eLearning portal, participated in integration of DHIS2 health IT systems at Kericho District Referral Hospital and served as H.O.D ICT department Okame college. Joel is an assessor and verifier in TVET CDACC curriculum implementation.

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