Covid-19: Minister Mkhize confirms 525 new cases, 186 fatalities

Covid-19: Minister Mkhize confirms 525 new cases, 186 fatalities

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed another drastic spike in the number of South African coronavirus cases

- The number of new infections recorded on Saturday hit 525 cases, pushing the total up to 9 420

- The number of fatalities has also increased by 8 deaths, bringing the death toll up to 186

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest statistics in the continued battle against the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Health Ministry reported that a staggering 525 new cases have been recorded.

"There are 525 new confirmed Covid-19 cases, with the total number of confirmed cases at 9 420. A total of 324 079 Covid-19 tests has been conducted, of which 16 327 are new tests from those reported yesterday."

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Mkhize also noted with sadness that additional fatalities had also been recorded, with the death toll increasing to 186.

"We are saddened to report 8 new deaths, 7 from the Western Cape and 1 KwaZulu-Natal. We have also been advised that one of the deceased was a nurse at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. We pay special tribute to this health worker. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and thank the health care workers who looked after these patients."

Mkhize had visited the Western Cape on Saturday, explaining that the influx of cases was a cause for concern.

"Almost 50% of the positive cases are in the Western Cape. This is a matter of concern to us. We thought it was important to come and just share on the concerns." reported that the ANC had called for the province to return to Level 5 lockdown due to the high number of cases and fatalities in the region.

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