- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed Covid-19 cases have spiked to 7 220
- The number of fatalities has also increased, with the minister reporting 138 deaths
- In happier news, over 2 000 patients have managed to make a full recovery
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with an update on the latest coronavirus statistics with cases increasing to 7 220.
Mkhize noted with sadness that seven more South Africans had lost their lives in the battle against the virus, commenting that:
"Regrettably, we report seven more Covid-19 related deaths, six from the Western Cape and 1 from KwaZulu-Natal. This brings the total deaths nationally to 138. We wish to express our condolences to the families of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients."
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However, it was not all grim news on Tuesday, with Mkhize pleased to report that 2 746 patients have managed to make a full recovery.
The minister confirmed that 257 541 tests have been conducted to date, with 11 794 carried out in the past 24 hours.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Western Cape, currently experiencing the highest number of cases, had bolstered efforts to test citizens which are believed to have been a contributing factor to the high number of cases reported.
However, with 64 deaths reported, the reality is that the province is also experiencing high infection rates in comparison to the rest of the country.
Mpumalanga, the North West and the Northern Cape have managed to avoid any fatalities during the outbreak, with all three provinces recording relatively low numbers of Covid-19 cases.
The provincial breakdown is as follows-
- Eastern Cape - 814
- Free State - 125
- Gauteng - 1 661
- KwaZulu-Natal - 1 106
- Limpopo - 39
- Mpumalanga - 53
- North West -35
- Northern Cape - 35
- Western Cape - 3 362
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