Covid-19: Cases loom just under 5 000, death toll climbs to 93

Covid-19: Cases loom just under 5 000, death toll climbs to 93

- The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has climbed to 4 996 infections

- Health Minister Zweli Mkhize also noted three new fatalities, bringing the figure up to 93

- However, over 2 000 patients have managed to recover from their ordeal since the beginning of the local outbreak

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that coronavirus cases in South Africa have hit 4 996 infections, with this figure set to climb to over 5 000 on Wednesday.

Commenting on the situation, Mkhize provided some good news on the number of citizens who have managed to make recoveries:

"As at today, there are 4 996 confirmed Covid-19 cases. The total recoveries are now 2 073."

While the recoveries are high, the number of fatalities also saw an increase with three new deaths.

"The total number of deaths has increased by three, the death toll is now 93. The lockdown helped us to reduce the spread of the virus."

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With a strict lockdown in place for over a month, Mkhize says progress was made in the fight against Covid-19.

"South Africa has not seen the problem of a rapid rise of infections. South Africa has delayed the peak, giving health facilities time to cope."

The minister highlighted the arrival of Cuban doctors to help the nation in combatting the virus.

"We have gone out to seek assistance from Cuba and China. It’s in this context we have yesterday received 217 doctors of various training and professions. They are augmenting our resources. They have a strength in community medicine and their presence is very helpful." reported that the doctors would be entering into a compulsory quarantine period before they would be allowed to begin their work in South Africa.

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