Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 16 433 cases, Western Cape spikes to 10 035

Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 16 433 cases, Western Cape spikes to 10 035

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has reported that South Africa has reached 16 433 Covid-19 infections

- The Western Cape has recorded more cases than the rest of SA combined

- The number of fatalities has also climbed to 286 with 22 new Covid-19 related deaths reported

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed another spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa on Monday.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize updated citizens on the latest pandemic statistics:

"As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 16 433."

The Western Cape, which has been highlighted as a major concern, recorded 10 035 infections, 61.1% of the nation's total cases. The Eastern Cape has risen to 2 052 cases, 12.5% of the total infections, with Gauteng reaching 1 567.

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The number of fatalities also increased, with the Minister noting with sadness the loss of life due to the outbreak:

"Regrettably we report a further 22 Covid-19 related deaths. This brings the total national deaths to 286. 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 number of recoveries to date is 7 298."

Revealing that the highest number of fatalities were male citizens, with the majority of deaths between the ages of 50-79 years old, Mkhize commented that:

"As we prepare for the easing of lockdown regulations high-risk age groups and those with co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac disease, obesity and people living with HIV must take extra precautions and necessary steps to avoid possible exposure to Covid-19."

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