Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 3 465 cases, EC spike blamed on funerals

Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 3 465 cases, EC spike blamed on funerals

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the number of Covid-19 cases has risen to 3 465

- The minister recently travelled to the Eastern Cape province after a sudden spike in cases

- Mkhize revealed that funerals had been identified as the leading cause of the outbreak

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced another increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, with the new figure climbing to 3 465.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Health, Mkhize noted that over the past 24 hours alone 5 427 tests had been carried out with the total moving up to 126 937 to date.

Mkhize commented that he had visited the Eastern Cape province on Tuesday after the province had experienced a spike in cases with the minister noting that the underlying cause for this spike had been determined.

"The biggest risk of spread that has been identified is the cultural practices occurring at funerals. We engaged with the provincial executive led by Premier Oscar Mabuyane together with the Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba."

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The provincial response team, according to the minister, has since been bolstered by reinforcements in a bid to address the issue

"We immediately took a decision to urgently deploy more medical experts including senior epidemiologists, analysts and field consultants to reinforce the provincial team, led by Dr Kerrigan McCarthy from the NICD. We are also pleased that the World Health Organisation has also assisted us by deploying more clinicians and experts."

Mkhize revealed that an audit would be conducted on the PPE gear and other requirements to ensure every precaution was being taken

"We have also deployed senior officials from the National Department of Health to do a proper audit of the available personal protective equipment and other requirements. This is to ensure the safety and adequate protection of our health workers who are at the forefront. We reiterate that no health worker should be exposed to the risk of infection."

The provincial breakdown is as follows

  • Gauteng- 1199
  • Western Cape- 1010
  • KwaZulu-Natal- 671
  • Eastern Cape- 345
  • Free State- 106
  • Limpopo- 27
  • North West- 24
  • Mpumalanga- 24
  • Northern Cape- 16
  • Unallocated- 43

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