South Africa reported 2,336 new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of infections to 630,595, the country’s Health Ministry said late Wednesday.

The ministry said 126 COVID-19 related deaths were also recorded, taking the total number of fatalities to 14,381.

The country has conducted over 3.7 million COVID-19 tests so far.

A total of 553,456 patients have recovered from the virus.

South Africa has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the continent and the sixth highest number globally.

The virus has claimed more than 861,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since December.

The US, Brazil, India and Russia are currently the worst-hit countries.

Over 25.93 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries over 17.2 million, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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