- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted that the number of Covid-19 cases in SA has increased to 3 635
- The number of deaths has also seen a significant climb up to 65 fatalities
- President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation this evening on the current lockdown
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had some bad news for South Africans ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's address this evening.
The minister confirmed that the nation has had yet another steep incline in the number of coronavirus cases, commenting that:
"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 3 635. The total number of tests conducted to date is 133 774, of which 6 868 were done in the last 24 hours."
The number of deaths related to the virus also saw a steep spike, climbing up by seven fatalities from the previous report, Mkhize confirmed:
"Today, we regrettably report seven more Covid-19 related deaths. Five of them occurred in the Western Cape and two in KwaZulu-Natal. This increased the total to 65. We express our condolences to the affected families and appreciate the health workers who treated these patients."
The number of recoveries in South Africa stands currently at 1 055 with the breakdown per province as follows
- Gauteng - 1 224
- Western Cape - 1079
- KwaZulu-Natal - 758
- Eastern Cape - 377
- Free State - 106
- Limpopo - 27
- North West - 24
- Mpumalanga -23
- Northern Cape - 16
- Unallocated - 1
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on Thursday over the currently extended lockdown, which is set to come to an end next week.
With a R500 billion social and economic relief package put into place and the largest deployment of SA National Defence Force troops approved by the president, citizens are waiting to hear how the phased-in approach will be implemented.