Covid-19: Death toll hits 86 fatalities as SA records 4 361 cases

Covid-19: Death toll hits 86 fatalities as SA records 4 361 cases

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa have hit 4 361

- The death toll has also risen, with 7 deaths pushing fatalities to 86

- Mkhize noted World Malaria Day, determined to be mindful of the continued fight against the disease

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has filled South Africans in on the latest situation concerning the coronavirus pandemic with a steep increase in the number of cases once again.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize noted that cases have spiked to 4 361 infections with the minister commenting that:

"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 4 361. The total number of tests conducted to date is 161 004, of which 8 614 were done in the last 24 hours."

Mkhize also noted an increase in the number of fatalities in the country, reporting that the death toll has increased to 86:

"Today we are saddened to report 7 more deaths, making the total number of deaths 86. The new deaths are from the Eastern Cape (4), Western Cape (2) and Limpopo (1)."

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On Sunday, the world had commemorated World Malaria Day, with Mkhize pausing the battle against Covid-19 to acknowledge the occasion:

"Today we commemorate World Malaria Day and as South Africa we support the worldwide campaign 'Zero Malaria Starts With Me'. We are mindful that while we put our efforts in fighting Covid-19, we dare not lose sight of our determination to fight against malaria. This requires us to be vigilant as we continue to contend with communicable and non-communicable diseases."

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

Gauteng- 1 304

Western Cape- 1 514

KwaZulu-Natal- 847

Eastern Cape- 488

Free State- 111

North West- 28

Mpumalanga- 23

Northern Cape- 16

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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