- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa's Covid-19 cases has risen to 10 015
- The number of fatalities also increased, with 8 more deaths pushing the toll to 194
- However, Mkhize says that the department is encouraged by the number of patients who have recovered
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that Covid-19 cases in South Africa have risen to 10 015 infections.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize signalled his concern over the high number of new cases in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces.
"As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 10 015. We note with concern that the Western Cape and Eastern Cape combined comprises 84% of the total new cases."
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The number of fatalities has also increased according to the minister, who reported 8 more Covid-19 related fatalities.
"Regrettably, we report 8 more Covid-19 related deaths, 3 from the Western Cape, 1 from the Eastern Cape and 4 from Gauteng. This brings the total national deaths to 194. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients. We are however encouraged by the number of recoveries which was 4 173 as at 9 May 2020."
Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC had called for the Western Cape province to move back to Level 5 lockdown in response to the flood of new infections in the region.
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