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  • This is a developing story, constantly updated as more information becomes available. Last updated: 25 May 2020.
  • South Africa now has 23,615 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
  • Cities and towns have been directed to find sites for potential mass graves.
  • For more stories visit Business Insider South Africa.


South Africa’s numbers – as at 25 May, 2020

Confirmed infections: 23,615

Deaths: 481

Recoveries: 11,917

Tests conducted: 596,777

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Covid-19 in South Africa.

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ICYMI: South Africa's municipalities have been directed to find potential sites for mass graves

On Monday, health minister Zweli Mkhize told local and district municipalities to identify sites for possible mass graves, if Covid-19 deaths were to overwhelm the available storage capacity for remains.

Under new rules, all bodies must be cremated or buried within 10 days. In the case of death due to Covid-19, cremation is recommended, and either burial or cremation must be done within three days. If bodies are not claimed within two days, the government may intervene.

Mkhize previously told municipalities to report on how many bodies they could store.

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