Covid-19 cases spike to 2 173: Mkhize explains it's increased screening

Covid-19 cases spike to 2 173: Mkhize explains it's increased screening

- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has spiked to 2 173

- While the 145-case increase is concerning, the number of fatalities has remained the same at 24

- This comes as the state attempts to buy the nation critical time in the fight against the virus

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted a concerningly large increase in coronavirus cases.

The minister revealed that the figure had climbed by 145 cases from the previous day to 2 173.

However, the Health Ministry had some good news for SA with the number of fatalities staying unchanged at 24.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, 80 085 tests have been carried out with the Department commenting:

"We are also seeing an increase in tests conducted at public laboratories. Of the 5,032 tests conducted in the past day, 3,192 were done in public laboratories."

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Speaking to eNCA, Mkhize explained that the effort to test and screen citizens helped reach patients who were previously inaccessible:

"The numbers are going to always be up and down in the sense that we will not be able to get one set of figures but because we are increasing testing on the public side we are actually thinking we are reaching people who are not actually sick but have been screened in the field."

The minister chalked the increase in cases up to the testing and screening drive, which was mobilised in response to the outbreak. reported that the lockdown extension, according to the research being considered by the government would help to push peak infections back to September.

This would help provide South Africa with some valuable breathing space to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

The provincial breakdown of cases per province is as follows:

- Gauteng - 865

- Western Cape - 587

- KwaZulu-Natal - 443

- Free State - 96

- Eastern Cape - 88

- Limpopo - 23

- Mpumalanga - 21

- North West - 19

- Northern Cape - 16

- Unallocated - 15

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