Covid-19: Mkhize confirms South Africa has surpassed 13 000 cases

Covid-19: Mkhize confirms South Africa has surpassed 13 000 cases

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted another increase in the number of Covid-19 cases

- SA hit 13 524 infections on Friday, with 247 fatalities recorded by the Department of Health

- Thankfully, 7 798 citizens have managed to make a recovery from their encounter with the virus

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the number of Covid-19 infections in South Africa has surpassed 13 000 cases on Friday.

"As if today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 13 524."

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize commented that the cases in the Western Cape have reached 7 798 cases, 57.7% of the nation's total. The Eastern Cape recorded 93 new cases while Gauteng reported 75 infections.

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Mkhize noted that the fatalities linked to the coronavirus also increased, with the death toll rising to 247.

"Regrettably we report a further 9 Covid-19 related deaths. This brings the total national deaths to 247. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who cared for the deceased. We are however encouraged by the rising number of recoveries which now stands at 6 083." reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had begun consultations to shift the nation from Level 4 lockdown to Level 3.

NEDLAC, after convening a meeting with the leader, committed to ensuring a swift migration to a more relaxed economic environment.

Numerous political parties have opted to challenge the current restrictions in court, with the Democratic Alliance leading a fierce campaign against the state.

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