- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed a massive spike of 318 new cases of the coronavirus
- In addition to this, Mkhize noted 10 fatalities from Covid-19 pushing the death toll up to 75
- To date, over 143 000 tests have been carried out in South Africa
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has spiked to 3 953.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech on Thursday evening, Mkhize commented.
"We are observing a steady increase in the number of positive cases. While this concerns us we are also pleased that the intensified community screening and testing campaign is assisting in finding more Covid-19 positive patients. This allows us to take the neccessary actions such as isolation, quarantine of hospitalisation if required."
The Western Cape has surpassed Gauteng as the province with the highest number of infections, with Mkhize commenting that
"The Western Cape has surpassed Gauteng's confirmed cases and now has the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases in the country. Further analysis is being done as we are observing outbreak clusters in the Western Cape. This means that a large number of people who operate and interact in the same area are testing positive."
While some provinces are experiencing large quantities of cases, others have managed to keep the virus contained with no or few new cases reported
"Today, the Northern Cape, Limpopo and Free State do not have any new cases. Furthermore, we have seen the number of these province's confirmed cases not increasing. This also illustrates the effectiveness of their positive patients' treatment and management."
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