- Dr Zweli Mkhize updated the nation on the situation surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak
- He revealed that there were 304 new infections and 13 deaths
- The Western Cape remains the epicentre for the virus in South Africa
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed in a statement on Friday night that the number of cases of Covid-19 has increased by 304 to 5 951. The death toll has risen from 103 to 116, an increase of 13.
2 382 people have recovered from the virus and 217 522 tests have been carried out, with 9 992 being completed in the last 24 hours.
Briefly.co.za learned that the Western Cape remains the worst affected province in South Africa, Gauteng is 2nd and KwaZulu-Natal 3rd.
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Here is a breakdown according to Times Live of the situation in the provinces:
Western Cape — 2,507 (up from 2,342)
Gauteng — 1,507 (up from 1,446)
KwaZulu-Natal — 1,006 (up from 980)
Eastern Cape — 691 (up from 647)
Free State — 118 (up from 116)
Mpumalanga — 35 (down from 36)
North West — 35 (up from 31)
Limpopo — 34 (up from 32)
Northern Cape — 18 (up from 17)
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that a market research and consulting company, Ipsos, have discovered that more the 8 out of 10 South Africans are in favour of the lockdown according to the results of an online study.
"84% agree that a total lockdown was correct - given the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic," its spokesperson, Mari Harris, said in a statement on Friday.
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