- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted that the number of cases has risen to 2028
- The number of fatalities has also risen slightly up to 25 deaths
- Mkhize says the highest number of cases have come from the large metros
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has filled South Africa in on the latest figures regarding the South African coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement released by the Department of Health, Mkhize noted that there had been an increase in the number of patients:
"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 2028. The total number of Covid-19 tests conducted to date is 75 053."
In addition to this, Mkhize noted with sadness that another fatality had been recorded in the Western Cape bringing the total fatalities up to 25:
"The deceased patient is a 61-year-old male from the Western Cape. His underlying medical conditions included diabetes, hypertension and obesity. We convey our condolences to the family of the deceased and also appreciate the health workers that treated the deceased patient."
The minister commented that the KwaZulu-Natal province continues to report the highest number of fatalities:
"KZN has a high death toll, more than 6 patients have died from one institution. We need to get into why this is so. We have now decided the hospital needs to be closed down and an investigation needs to be launched."
Briefly.co.za reported that St Augustine Hospital had reported a number of staff members had contracted the virus, with patients asked to contact the Department of Health.
Mkhize explained that the majority of cases had presented themselves in the large metros:
"Most of the cases in Western Cape are in Cape Town Metro, Same as in Johannesburg, Durban and Mangaung. (The Metros)."
As far as testing is concerned, Mkhize clarified that citizens would only have to pay if they visited a private lab:
"If you go to a private Dr/ private lab for a test you will pay. If the recommendation came from a public hospital you will not need to pay for testing."
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