- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has commented on the continued struggle against the coronavirus on Monday
- Mkhize noted an increase in the number of cases to 4793 infections
- The number of fatalities rose to 90 with three deaths from the Western Cape and KZN
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has released a statement on the continued battle against the coronavirus on Monday evening.
Mkhize noted another increase in the number of confirmed infections with South Africa moving ever closer to the 5 000 case mark.
"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 4 793. The total number of tests conducted to date is 178 470, of which 9 827 were done in the last 24 hours."
Mkhize commented that the number of fatalities has risen to 90 deaths with three citizens losing their lives.
"We regret to report a further three deaths. Two from the Western Cape and one from KZN. This brings the total cumulative Covid-19 related deaths to 90."
Mkhize revealed that all three patients had underlying conditions such as diabetes, HIV and obesity.
"We wish to convey our condolences to the families of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients."
With the lockdown set to ease in some parts of the country on Friday, Mkhize confirmed that discussions had been held with over 400 participants including provincial MEC's, HOD's, clinicians, epidemiological and infectious diseases experts.
"We discussed some interesting cases and unusual presentations. As we continue to learn more about Covid-19 it is especially important to stay in touch with the frontline workers to better understand the inner workings of treating individual patients."
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