- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest number of coronavirus infections
- Mkhize revealed that SA has 1 585 cases, with a total of 9 fatalities
- Although these figures are mercifully low, Mkhize urged citizens not to relax
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the latest statistics in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.
In a statement released by the Department of Health, Zweli noted an increase in the number of infections, commenting that:
"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1 585. This is an increase of 80 from the previously reported cases."
The minister revealed that 53 937 tests have been conducted in the country since the virus was confirmed to have reached South Africa.
The minister confirmed that South Africa has suffered 9 fatalities due to the pandemic, with the majority of deaths noted in KwaZulu-Natal which reported 6 deaths with the Western Cape, Free State and Gauteng provinces each reporting single fatalities.
The breakdown of confirmed cases per province is as follows:
- Gauteng- 693
- Western Cape 433
- KwaZulu-Natal 232
- Free State- 85
- North West- 11
- Mpumalanga- 18
- Limpopo- 18
- Eastern Cape- 25
- Northern Cape- 7
- Unallocated- 63
Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhize had cautioned that although the current figures are far lower than originally predicted, this may well be the quiet before the storm.
While the minister highlighted the importance of staying optimistic over the slow incline in confirmed cases, he made it clear that it's far to early to relax the measures put into place to safeguard the nation.
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