Covid-19: South African cases surpass 8 000 mark, 161 deaths

Covid-19: South African cases surpass 8 000 mark, 161 deaths

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa now has 8 232 cases

- The number of fatalities has also seen an increase of eight deaths to 161 in total

- The deaths were noted as taking place in the KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape province

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa surpassed 8 000 Covid-19 cases on Thursday.

In a statement issued by the Health Minister, Mkhize reported the latest update on the pandemic in the country.

"As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 8 232. A total of 292 153 tests have been conducted to date with 12 774 tests done in the past 24 hours."

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The number of deaths has also seen an increase, with Mkhize confirming that eight more citizens perished at the hands of the virus.

"Regrettably, we report 8 more Covid-19 related deaths. 2 from KwaZulu-Natal and 6 from the Western Cape. This brings he total national deaths to 161. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients."

The provincial breakdown is as follows-

  • Eastern Cape - 929 cases (18 deaths)
  • Free State - 134 cases (6 deaths)
  • Gauteng - 1 804 (15 deaths)
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 1 204 cases (40 deaths)
  • Limpopo - 41 cases (3 deaths)
  • Mpumalanga - 59 cases (0 deaths)
  • North West - 40 cases (0 deaths)
  • Northern Cape - 27 cases (0 deaths)
  • Western Cape - 3 994 cases (79 deaths)

Briefly.co.za reported that Herman Mashaba had urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to reconsider the current lockdown in an open letter he encouraged South Africans to co-sign.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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