- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has released the latest number of coronavirus cases in SA
- Mkhize noted that 3034 cases have been reported, with deaths rising to 52
- The minister noted that SA is leading in Africa when it comes to testing
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa to 3034 confirmed infections.
In a statement issued by the Department of Health, Mkhize reported that the number of deaths has also increased, commenting that
"We are saddened to report 2 new Covid-19 related deaths. The two deceased are from the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. This increases the total number of deaths to 52. We convey our condolences to the families and also appreciate the health workers who were treating the deceased patients."
The minister observed that the majority of fatalities had been elderly people and individuals with comorbidities.
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Mkhize urged that vulnerable individuals should adhere to their treatment regiments and prioritise staying at home.
The minister also urged citizens against unhygienic practices during funerals warning that touching the same surfaces and sharing utensils is not the wisest idea during the pandemic.
Mkhize called for people to only attend funerals if they truly have to and if they do to ensure they practice social distancing and other measures to reduce transmission.
Mkhize highlighted that South Africa is currently leading in Africa when it comes to testing, taking pride in the increased number of tests being carried out on a daily basis
"We are very pleased that the number of tests being conducted on a daily basis has significantly increased. In fact, we take pride that in the whole of Africa, South Africa is leading in testing. We want to also emphasise that the daily tests that we report exclude repeat tests on one individual."
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