Coronavirus: Number of confirmed cases rises to 1 845, 5 fatalities

Coronavirus: Number of confirmed cases rises to 1 845, 5 fatalities

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has released the latest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in SA

- Positive cases rose by 96 to 1 845 on Wednesday, with five additional fatalities recorded

- The KwaZulu-Natal province remains the region with the highest number of Covid-19 deaths

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the latest statistics amid a continued battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released by the Health Ministry, Mkhize noted a continued increase in the number of positive cases in South Africa:

"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1 845. This is an increase of 96 from the previously reported cases."

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In addition to the increase in cases, Mkhize noted that the number of fatalities has increased during this crisis:

"Today we are saddened to report 5 more Covid-19 related deaths. This takes the total number of deaths to 18. We convey our condolences to the family of the deceased and also appreciate the health workers who treated the deceased patients."

KwaZulu-Natal remains the province with the highest number of fatalities with nne deaths reported. The Western Cape, Free State and Gauteng provinces have also each noted three Covid-19 related deaths.

Per province, the breakdown is currently as follows:

  • Gauteng - 782
  • Western Cape - 495
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 354
  • Free State - 88
  • Eastern Cape - 45
  • Limpopo - 21
  • Mpumalanga - 21
  • North West - 15
  • Northern Cape - 13
  • Unallocated - 11 reported that both Mkhize and President Cyril Ramaphosa were lauded by the Council on Foreign Relations as having lead one of the greatest efforts against the virus in Africa.

The current lockdown regulations were noted as some of the strictest seen on a global level.

This comes as Ramaphosa contemplates the possibility of extending the current lockdown in SA.

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