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Covid-19 update: 53 new deaths bring SA’s total to 88,987

There has been an increase of 45 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

As of Tuesday, South Africa has recorded a total of 88,987 Covid-19 related deaths, with 53 new deaths recorded in the past 24 hours.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, the country has also reported 331 new cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2.920,109.

This increase represents a 1.1% positivity rate.  

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,952,390 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Tuesday. 

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 737,316, followed by Brazil with 605,804, India with 455,068, Mexico with 286,496 and Russia with 232,775.

The countries with the most new deaths were United States with 1,371, followed by Russia with 1,106 and Ukraine with 734Taking into account excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

Additional reporting by AFP

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