Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 3 300 cases, 58 deaths and 1 055 recoveries

Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 3 300 cases, 58 deaths and 1 055 recoveries

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced 142 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections up to 3 300

- The number of fatalities also rose to 58, with another four citizens losing the battle against Covid-19

- The number of people who have managed to recover rose to 165, bringing the total up to 1 055

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided Mzansi with another update in the battle against the coronavirus in South Africa.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Health, Mkhize noted 142 new infections, brought the total number of cases to 3 300.

The nation has suffered the loss of another four lives with the fatalities climbing to 58 as of Monday evening.

In happier news, 165 new people have managed to recover from their encounter with the virus, bringing the number of recoveries up to 1 055.

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Mkhize also provided citizens with a breakdown of the number of tests conducted in South Africa, 121 510 to date, noting a significant increase. The minister chalked this up to mass community screening and testing taking place in every province.

Mkhize noted that public and private laboratories have joined forces in a bid to ramp up testing for Covid-19.

Professor Koleka Mlisana from the National Health Laboratory Services said that even academic units have offered to join the fight and help provide testing services should the need arise.

With the current extended lockdown due to end next week, speculation is high over whether or not the country will be allowed to open up again. reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had recently noted the issues regarding food shortages with the economy mostly on pause for the time being.

Promises were made both to ramp up the social response to the outbreak and to clamp down on allegedly corrupt politicians using the crisis to benefit personally.

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