Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 7 572 cases, fatalities climb up to 148

Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 7 572 cases, fatalities climb up to 148

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted Covid-19 infections have risen to 7 572 cases

- The number of fatalities has also increased with the deaths of 10 more citizens

- Mkhize provided Mzansi with some insight into which provinces are experiencing a high number of fatalities

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has released the latest statistics on the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.

In a statement from the Health Ministry, Mkhize confirmed that the total number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 7 572.

The minister noted that the number of deaths has also seen an increase, commenting that 10 more fatalities had been reported.

"Regrettably, we report 10 more Covid-19 related deaths, 7 from the Western Cape, 1 from the Eastern Cape, 1 from KwaZulu-Natal and 1 from Gauteng. This brings the total deaths nationally to 148. 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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The provincial breakdown is as follows:

  • Eastern Cape - 838
  • Free State - 128
  • Gauteng - 1 697
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 1 142
  • Mpumalanga - 57
  • Mpumalanga- 57
  • North West - 35
  • Northern Cape - 26
  • Western Cape - 3 609

Mkhize also provided Mzansi with some insight into which province had recorded deaths during the pandemic.

The breakdown of fatalities on a provincial level is as follows:

  • Eastern Cape - 18
  • Free State - 6
  • Gauteng - 15
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 36
  • Limpopo - 2
  • Mpumalanga- 0
  • North West- 0
  • Western Cape - 71

Briefly.co.za reported that the Western Cape is believed to have more cases due to ramped-up testing efforts, but the number of fatalities recorded indicates that the province truly is experiencing increased infections.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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