- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that Covid-19 cases have risen to 5 647
- The number of coronavirus related fatalities has remained at 103 deaths
- This comes as the nation prepares to enter Level 4 lockdown on Friday
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has given South Africa an update on the latest Covid-19 statistics ahead of the lockdown relaxation on Friday.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize noted that the total number of cases has now increased to 5 647.
"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 5 647, an increase of 297 cases from yesterday. The total number of tests conducted to date is 207 530 of which 10 403 were done in the last 24 hours."
The number of fatalities remained at 103 deaths while a total of 2 073 recoveries were noted by the minister.
Briefly.co.za reported that the current lockdown in response to the pandemic would relax to Level 4 on Friday, while areas with high infections were likely to continue facing strict regulations.
While Premiers did not have the power to relax lockdown, each province had the capacity to increase the level of restrictions should the situation require it.
Gauteng, once the epicentre of the outbreak, has recorded 897 recoveries out of 1 446 infections.
The Western Cape is now the province with the highest number of cases at 2 342 infections and only 605 recoveries.
The Northern Cape remains the province with the lowest amount of infections, with 17 cases and 10 recoveries according to the latest figures.
With South Africa recorded the highest spike in cases on Wednesday many have questioned the wisdom of lifting lockdown, even partially, at this point in time.
Announcing the plan to gradually relax restrictions, President Cyril Ramaphosa had highlighted the importance of allowing economic activity but not at the expense of South African lives.
The provincial breakdown is as follows-
- Eastern Cape- 647
- Free State- 116
- Gauteng- 1 446
- KwaZulu-Natal- 980
- Limpopo- 32
- Mpumalanga- 36
- Northern Cape- 17
- Western Cape- 2 342
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