Covid-19: Western Cape has over 50% of new cases, SA hits 12 074

Covid-19: Western Cape has over 50% of new cases, SA hits 12 074

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that SA has surpassed 12 074 Covid-19 infections

- The number of fatalities has climbed to 219 deaths with recoveries rising to 4 745

- The Western Cape province continues to contribute the highest number of new infections amid the pandemic

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed yet another increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize reported that infections have now soared over 12 074 cases.

"As announced by his Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, this evening the total number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 12 074."

The number of fatalities relating to the virus rose to 219 deaths, while the total recoveries climbed to 4 745.

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The Western Cape province spiked to 6 713 cases which accounts for 55.6% of the new infections reported by the department.

Gauteng contributed 17.2% of the new cases, recording 61 new infections. The Eastern Cape noted 30 new infections while KwaZulu-Natal was responsible for 11.7% of the new infections for the day.

The provinces with the lowest cases (the Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and the Northern Cape) collectively contributed only 2.6% of South Africa's new cases for the day.

Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had indicated areas with low infection rates will be moving to Level 3 towards the end of May while hotspots would remain under the current level.

This means that the Western Cape, Gauteng and potentially KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape will probably remain on Level 4.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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