Health Minister: Coronavirus cases increase to 1 505, 2 more deaths

Health Minister: Coronavirus cases increase to 1 505, 2 more deaths

- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 1 505

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize also announced that two more people have succumbed to the coronavirus

- The country is currently observing a 21-day lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the virus

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The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases now stands at 1 505, an increase of 43, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced.

He said the virus has claimed two more people, bringing the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus to seven.

Mkhize wrote on Twitter:

"We also want to report sadly 2 more deaths from KZN - An 80-year-old male and 81-year-old female."

Mkhize said government will also be rolling out the testing for the coronavirus.

"We have identified areas of priority. We are ready to give additional support and reinforcement to the areas that need assistance."

News24 reports that Mkhize was in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Friday, where there have been some positive cases.

The minister was unable to say how many people have been hospitalised for Covid-19.

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Minister of Mining and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, announced that three people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the mining and energy sector. One each in the Western Cape, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, reports News24.

Meanwhile, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate has said that eight deaths have allegedly occurred at the hands of police since the start of the nationwide lockdown on 26 March.

IPID released a breakdown of the complaints they had received since the lockdown came into effect.

According to News24, six deaths came as a result of police action and the remaining two were in police custody. The six deaths as a result of police action were recorded in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape, while the two deaths in police custody were both in Limpopo.

Briefly.co.za has reported that 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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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