South Africa reports deadliest day with 844 from new COVID variant

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South Africa reports deadliest day with 844 from new COVID variantSouth Africa reached a grim milestone on Wednesday by reporting the highest single-day deaths and new cases as it wrestles an aggressive new wave of Covid-19.

This is after the country detected a new, faster-spreading, variant of the virus that is believed to be driving the surge in infections.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that 844 deaths and 21,832 new cases were recorded, with most casualties in the Eastern Cape province.

The previous record for single-day deaths was 572 in July.

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The country has so far recorded 31,368 deaths since the pandemic hit out of a total of more than 1.1 million confirmed cases.

 

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