- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted the new number of coronavirus infections in SA
- The total number of cases has now risen to 1 462 cases, with confirmed deaths remaining at five for the time being
- The number of recoveries has been increasing, a small bit of good news for Mzansi
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the latest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa amid a national state of emergency.
In a statement posted by the Ministry of Health, Mkhize revealed that the number of infected citizens has passed the 1 400 mark:
"As at today the total number of Covid-19 positive cases is 1 462, this is an increase of 82 cases. We are still observing that the increase of cases is below what we had initially projected and we believe this is due to the restrictions we have placed on movement and border crossing."
Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhize had noted the current number of infections in the country is currently far below the original estimates, but the minister cautioned against relaxing:
"I still want to caution that, until we have a clear sense of what is happening in our densely populated areas, in particular townships, we should not be lulled into complacency but continue to venture forth in full combat by proactively conducting wall-to-wall testing and finding all Covid-19 affected people in the country. That way we can do what needs to be done to break the cycle of transmission and beat Covid-19 as a nation."
In his statement, Mkhize noted that the number of deaths as a result of the virus is also expected to rise in South Africa:
"We had last reported five deaths. We wish to indicate that we are awaiting the reports of two more deaths - once these have been concluded and verified we will inform the public of the revised number of deaths."
In a rare snippet of good news, Mkhize highlighted an increase in the number of citizens who recover from the virus:
"We are slowly seeing an increase in numbers of recoveries, however, recovery numbers do tend to lag behind because of the criteria for recovery. Our focus right now is finding all active cases and treating those who are very ill."
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