Coronavirus: Mkhize's message for SA as cases hit 1 686, 12 fatalities

Coronavirus: Mkhize's message for SA as cases hit 1 686, 12 fatalities

- The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa continues to rise

- Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has filled the nation in on the latest figures

- Infections rose to 1 686 confirmed cases, with 12 fatalities recorded

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has informed South Africa of the latest statistics on the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

In a statement released by the Health Ministry, Mkhize confirmed an increase in the number of infections, commenting that:

"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1 686. This is an increase of 31 from the previously reported cases."

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The minister noted with sadness that the nation had lost another life, a 57-year-old male from the Western Cape who had suffered from diabetes and heart disease:

"We convey our condolences to the family of the deceased. We must also not forget to appreciate the health workers who treated the deceased patient."

This brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths up to 12, with the KwaZulu-Natal province suffering the highest number of fatalities.

In a message to Mzansi, Mkhize said that the nation will overcome if we all are unified in our goal:

“Each one of us must make this a personal fight to save our nation. Stay calm, focused and courageous. Stay at home. Practice hygiene and distancing. Together, we will overcome. “ reported that Mkhize had presided over the launch for a fleet of mobile testing stations, which the minister says will help South Africa find citizens who are unknowingly infected with the virus.

The breakdown of confirmed cases per province is as follows

  • Gauteng - 713
  • Western Cape - 462
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 257
  • Free State - 89
  • Eastern Cape - 32
  • Limpopo - 19
  • Mpumalanga - 18
  • North West - 11
  • Northern Cape - 8
  • Unallocated - 77

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