Covid-19: Mkhize announces 2 415 cases, Eastern Cape sees influx

Covid-19: Mkhize announces 2 415 cases, Eastern Cape sees influx

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the number of coronavirus cases has risen to 2 415

- The minister has received another delivery of critical and essential cargo from China in the midst of the crisis

- The Eastern Cape has also seen an influx of cases, now overtaking the Free State as the province with the fourth-highest amount of infections

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen to 2 415.

The number of tests carried out since the beginning of the outbreak is now nearing the 90 000 mark.

The minister received another donation of essential goods from China and thanked the country for standing by us during this 'difficult time'.

Mkhize says that the relations between South Africa and China have been strengthened in the face of the crisis:

"Today we mark the arrival of yet another consignment delivery of critical and essential cargo. The Chinese South African kinship is strengthened through the joint partnership in the fight against coronavirus."

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This increase does not bode well for South Africa, with Professor Salim Abdool Karim having warned that if the number of infections exceeds 90 on a daily basis between 10 and 16 April the lockdown would need to be continued.

The Eastern Cape has now overtaken the Free State when it comes to the number of infections, the fourth-highest amount of cases nationally.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

  • Gauteng - 909
  • Western Cape - 643
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 489
  • Eastern Cape - 174
  • Free State - 98
  • Limpopo - 24
  • Mpumalanga - 22
  • North West - 22
  • Northern Cape - 16
  • Unallocated - 18

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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