The number of people who have successfully recovered from the novel coronavirus in South Africa has reached over 900.

In total, the country has 903 recovered patients. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced the recovery rate on Thursday, April 16. Along with the number of successfully recovered patients, Mkhize also announced that 14 more deaths have occurred in the country, bringing the total death toll to 48. This is the highest increase in deaths since the beginning of the nationwide lockdown.

Gauteng, the province most severely affected by the virus, is leading in recovered patients with 479 returning to health. The Western Cape is second in recoveries with 205 patients, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 96.

The Western Cape is in second place for most deaths with 13 people having died from the virus. KwaZulu-Natal is in first place with 20 fatalities recorded. Gauteng has six cases and the Free State and Eastern Cape both have four.

To date, more than 95 000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in South Africa and two more weeks of lockdown are still in store for the country.

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