- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the latest coronavirus figures
- The minister noted 1 655 confirmed cases with 11 fatalities in total
- This comes as the government continues to fight back against the pandemic
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the latest statistics in South Africa's battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
In a Department of Health statement released detailing the newest infection rates, Mkhize confirmed that
"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1 655. This is an increase of 70 from the previously reported cases."
The minister noted with sadness that another two fatalities had occurred due to the virus, continuing to explain that
"It is with sadness that we report yet another two deaths related to Covid-19. This takes the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa to 11."
The KwaZulu-Natal province has thus far reported the highest fatalities in the outbreak, with eight deaths. The Western Cape, Gauteng and Free State provinces have each noted 1 fatality each.
The breakdown of confirmed cases per province is as follows
- Gauteng - 704
- Western Cape - 454
- Kwazulu-Natal - 246
- Free State - 87
- Eastern Cape - 31
- Limpopo - 19
- Mpumalanga - 18
- North West - 11
- Northern Cape - 8
- Unallocated - 77
Briefly.co.za reported that while the current figures are far below what experts had predicted at this point in time, Mkhize had warned that the worst of the situation may still be on its way.
To date, 56 873 tests have been conducted, with a staggering 2 936 performed in the course of just a few hours.
In a bid to screen as many citizens as possible, a fleet of mobile testing centres has been deployed across South Africa as the battle against the coronavirus continues.
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