Covid-19: Mkhize announces 3 158 cases, 54 deaths and 903 recoveries

Covid-19: Mkhize announces 3 158 cases, 54 deaths and 903 recoveries

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen

- There are now 3 158 cases of Covid-19 in Mzansi, with the death toll rising to 54

- However, over 900 citizens have managed to make a full recoveries from their infection

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

In a statement issued by the Department of Health, Mkhize noted that the number of cases has spiked to 3 158 confirmed infections

"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 3 158. The total number of tests conducted to date is 114 711."

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The minister also shared the unfortunate news that two more deaths had been reported in the country due to the outbreak:

"Today we regrettably report two more Covid-19-related deaths. Similar to yesterday, these are from KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. This brings the total death toll to 54 today. We convey our condolences to the families and also appreciate the committed health workers who were treating the deceased patients."

In total, 903 South Africans have managed to recover from the virus, a positive sign amid these troubled times, gathered.

Mkhize also pointed out information from the World Health Organisation over the use of rubber gloves while out in public, as well as the benefits of alcohol and cigarette bans.

The minister revealed that regular hand washing is more effective than wearing gloves when leaving the home, saying that it is still possible to pick up Covid-19 contamination on rubber gloves. This is especially true when a person touches their face, spreading any germs that may have been on the glove.

The provincial breakdown is as follows

  • Gauteng - 1148
  • Western Cape - 868
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 617
  • Eastern Cape - 293
  • Free State - 100
  • Limpopo - 27
  • North West - 24
  • Mpumalanga - 23
  • Northern Cape - 16
  • Unallocated - 42

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