Covid-19: Mkhize confirmed 238 fatalities, 12 739 total infections

Covid-19: Mkhize confirmed 238 fatalities, 12 739 total infections

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted that SA's Covid-19 cases have increased to 12 739

- 19 new fatalities have seen the death toll climbing to 238, according to the minister

- Despite the spike in cases and related deaths, Mkhize says SA has managed to flatten the curve

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed a spike in Covid-19 cases in South Africa, with the nation hovering near 13 000 infections.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize commented that the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in SA stands at 12 739.

The Western Cape, which the minister highlighted as a major concern, is currently contributing 56.8% of the nations total infections with 7 235.

READ ALSO: Covid-19: Alan Winde wants Western Cape to move to Level 3 lockdown

Mkhize also confirmed that a worrying 19 Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded, commenting that.

"Regrettably we report a further 19 Covid-19 related deaths, this brings the total national deaths to 238. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who cared for the deceased."

The total recoveries recorded has increased to 5 676 while 16 666 tests have been carried out in the past 24-hour cycle.

At a time where the current lockdown is beginning to attract criticism from other political parties, Mkhize commented that the move had indeed helped to flatten the curve.

"We have managed to flatten the curve to some extent due to the lockdown. Flattening the curve is an ongoing process and we must continue to battle this." reported that Premier Alan Winde had called for the Western Cape to be moved to Level 3 lockdown, opting for a strategy to target known hotspots instead of the broader approach.

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