- Dr. Zweli Mkhize released South Africa latest stats, the largest increase to date
- SA has 663 new cases and 17 new deaths
- A delay in reporting is attributed to the spike in deaths
Dr. Zweli Mkhize released the latest stats on Covid-19 in South Africa. He confirmed that SA has a total of 8895 cases and so far 178 deaths have been reported.
Here is a breakdown of the provinces:
Eastern Cape 989
Free State 133
North West 42
Northern Cape 27
Western Cape 4497
Briefly.co.za learned that the Western Cape remains the hardest hit province in the country.
The total number of people tested so far is 307 752 and 3153 people have recovered far.
One of the reasons for the spike in deaths was a delay in reporting, a statement released by the department of health reads as follows:
“As of May 7 we had 435 patients in hospital, of which 45 were in high care, 77 were in ICU and, of those, 40 were being ventilated. Our hospitalisation rate remains at 5% of all Covid-19 diagnosed patients,” the statement said.
Mkhize promised that he would visit the hardest-hit parts of the country this weekend, Western Cape and Eastern Cape.
“We will be embarking on oversight visits to the Eastern Cape and Western Cape this weekend. These will be followed by presidential visits to both provinces later next week. The provinces have recorded the two highest new cases in the past 24 hours with the Western Cape accounting for 76% of new cases and the Eastern Cape accounting for 9% of new cases. In addition, the Western Cape has just over 50% of the Covid-19 burden in SA, recording the highest deaths as well."
“With interprovincial movement between these provinces being an issue, it will be crucial for us to understand the dynamics driving the epidemic in this region and assist where necessary. We know that a lot of good work has been done by the leadership of these provinces. We also acknowledge the commitment and hard work of our health professionals and front-line workers- both in public and private sectors. We look forward to bolstering the efforts already in place to curb further spread of Covid-19,” said Mkhize."
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