South Africa announced Wednesday that five more people have succumbed to the novel coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 18.   

“The total number of COVID-19 cases is 1,845. This is an increase of 96 from the previously reported cases,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement. 

Mkhize expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and also conveyed his appreciation to the doctors who treated them. 

South Africa, which has the highest number of confirmed cases on the continent, is currently in its second week of a 21-day nationwide lockdown in which nonessential workers are

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