Covid-19: Zweli Mkhize confirms 4 546 cases, fatalities hit 87

Covid-19: Zweli Mkhize confirms 4 546 cases, fatalities hit 87

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the current Covid-19 statistics for SA

- The number of confirmed infections has risen to 4 546 cases on Sunday

- An additional fatality has also pushed the death toll up to 87

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted a spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa. In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, the minister revealed that cases now stand at 4 546 as of Sunday evening

"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 4 546. The total number of tests conducted to date is 168 643, of which 7 639 were done in the last 24 hours."

Mkhize noted another life has been lost to the virus with a fatality in the Western Cape pushing the death toll up to 87

"We regrettably report another Covid-19 death in the Western Cape, which increases the total number of deaths to 87. We convey condolences to the family and appreciate our frontline workers who treated this patient."

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Mkhize also welcomed the arrival of a team of medical doctors from Cuba, who have arrived in South Africa to aid in fighting the virus.

The minister confirmed that the team will be placed under quarantine in order to eliminate any potential risk of them bringing Covid-19 into the country, following which they will be providing valuable help to the nation

"Cuba is known for its disaster preparedness and its consistent deployment of medical brigades for disaster relief wherever required, which continues to earn Havana goodwill worldwide. Some of these highly skilled health professionals were in the frontline of fighting other outbreaks in the world such as Cholera in Haiti in 2010, and Ebola in West Africa in 2013."

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