Covid-19 updates: Infections continue to climb, Cuban doctors arrive

Covid-19 updates: Infections continue to climb, Cuban doctors arrive

South Africa has surpassed the 4 500 case mark when it comes to coronavirus infections. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the continued battle against the virus.

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Any relief over the upcoming relaxation of the lockdown restrictions has been shadowed by a steadily climbing number of coronavirus infections.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates as the nation endures the pandemic.

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

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."

2. Covid-19: Taxi with 22 passengers busted trying to sneak into Gauteng

Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko has confirmed a taxi carrying 22 passengers was caught attempting to sneak across provincial lines.

Flouting the law limiting the number of passengers allowed as well as the restrictions on interprovincial travel, the occupants of the vehicle have gotten themselves into a fair amount of trouble for their efforts.

Mazibuko revealed that the occupants had been caught in Mamelodi, Pretoria over the weekend.

“They are coming from Marble Hall in Limpopo and allege that they used gravel roads to avoid roads with roadblocks."

3. South Africa eager to welcome the “army in white gowns" from Cuba

Cuba is known for sending its top-class medical brigades to help other nations in crisis. A brigade is due to land at OR Tambo on Sunday night and South Africa welcomes the aid from the “army in white gowns".

217 Cuban healthcare professionals will arrive including physicians, epidemiologists, biostatists, healthcare technology engineers and biotechnology experts and other medical specialists.

Briefly.co.za learned that the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in South Africa has explained that the specialists will be deployed in different provinces throughout the country in coordination with the South African Department of Health.

“These times require cooperation and solidarity. If we act together, the propagation of the virus [Covid-19] will be halted in a faster and more-effective manner. Twenty-one Cuban medical brigades with more than 1 200 health professionals are already deployed in 21 countires, assiting in the fight against the coronavirus.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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