Covid-19: Limpopo, Eastern Cape records 1st deaths as toll rises to 48

Covid-19: Limpopo, Eastern Cape records 1st deaths as toll rises to 48

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest number of Covid-19 infections

- With 2 605 cases and now 48 deaths, the battle against the virus continues

- However, Mkhize says the number of people making recoveries has been encouraging

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed yet another increase in the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa.

In a statement released by the Department of Health, Mkhize announced that positive cases have risen to 2 605:

"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 2 605. We also note that the number of tests being conducted continues to rise, with the total number of tests conducted to date being 95 060."

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Along with the increase in cases, Mkhize noted with sadness that the death toll in SA has also risen, commenting that:

"It is with regret that we inform the public that the Covid-19 related deaths is now 48. We note that two provinces, ie. Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, have also recorded their first deaths. We convey our condolences to the families. We continue to speak strength and appreciate our dedicated health workers who are faced with these circumstances daily."

Mkhize said that the department is encouraged by the number of citizens who have managed to recover from their encounter with the virus, in total, 903 citizens have made recoveries.

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

  • Gauteng - 969 cases with 6 deaths and 469 recoveries
  • Western Cape - 675 cases with 13 deaths and 205 recoveries
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 539 cases with 20 deaths and 96 recoveries
  • Eastern Cape - 220 cases with 4 deaths and 9 recoveries
  • Free State - 98 cases with 4 deaths and 71 recoveries
  • Limpopo - 26 cases with 1 death and 18 recoveries
  • North West - 24 cases with no deaths and 10 recoveries
  • Mpumalanga - 22 cases with 0 deaths and 9 recoveries
  • Northern Cape - 16 cases with no deaths and 6 recoveries
  • Unallocated - 16 cases with no deaths and no recoveries reported that Friday would have been the first day of freedom for Mzansi, but President Cyril Ramaphosa had opted to extend the national lockdown by a further two weeks to safeguard the nation against the loss of life.

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