The dying toll of COVID-19 in South Africa exceeds 44,000


South Africa recorded 213 more deaths from the novel coronavirus and claimed 44,164 deaths, health officials said on Sunday.

The country has recorded over 1.45 million infections.

To date, more than 8.2 million tests have been performed and nearly 1.3 million patients have recovered.

South Africa is currently battling a second wave of the pandemic. The country has the most infections and deaths in the continent and is the 15th largest affected country in the world.

Africa’s most developed economy is also currently battling a new variant of the virus that is said to be 50% more contagious and has been discovered in at least 20 countries.

Several countries, including Turkey, have suspended flights to South Africa.

The nation still has the highest number of infections and deaths on the continent.

Since it occurred in December 2019, the pandemic has claimed more than 2.22 million lives in 192 countries and regions, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University.

More than 102 million cases and nearly 57 million recoveries have been reported worldwide.

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