Covid-19 update: Cases spike to 10 652, over 200 deaths, SA reacts

Covid-19 update: Cases spike to 10 652, over 200 deaths, SA reacts

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed a steep increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country

- The number of infections have risen to 10 652, with 206 deaths

- The number of recoveries stands at 4 357

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As soon as the first positive case for Covid-19 was confirmed, it was always inevitable that the infection rate would increase.

However, the number of infections and deaths have risen sharply over the last few days.

As previously reported, the number of new infections recorded on Saturday hit 525 cases, pushing the total up to 9 420.

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On Monday, Mkhize confirmed this total has now risen to 10 652, with more than 206 fatalities.

The number of recoveries now amounts to 4 357. The death rate of those infected is therefore just under two percent.

South Africans reacted strongly to the news and captured some of the feedback. While the big increase resulted in some panic, others emphasised their preference for the lockdown to be ended.

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Ruu (@chirice) said,

"Seems people haven't been following what was happening to other countries like Italy, it's not a joke, it's reality, ignorance will make them to meet their ancestors soon."

#Lockdownmustfall (@VanessaEdmunds) responded,

"Who cares - just open our economy - it is your problem - not ours."

Shawn Mhula, MS (@ShawnMhula) added,

"We must learn to live with this virus like we did with HIV and TB. END LOCKDOWN NOW! NO MORE LEVELS #LockdownMustFall."

Evidence Bongwe (@Evidence_Shongw) said,

"Time to order the Madagascar medication."

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