- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed 17 200 Covid-19 infections
- South Africa has now recorded 312 fatalities amid the outbreak
- The Northern Cape province has sadly recorded its first death on Tuesday
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest Covid-19 statistics as South Africa continues to wage war with the coronavirus.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Tuesday evening, Mkhzie commented on the situation:
"As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 17 200."
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The minister confirmed that South Africa has surpassed 300 fatalities as a result of the current pandemic:
"Regrettably we report a further 26 Covid-19 related deaths, this brings the total national deaths to 312. Sadly, the Northern Cape has reported its first death. 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 number of recoveries to date is 7 960."
The provincial breakdown is as follows:
- Eastern Cape- 2 135 (12.4%)
- Free State- 168 (1%)
- Gauteng- 2 361 (13.7%)
- KwaZulu-Natal- 1 616 (9.4%)
- Limpopo-94 (0.5%)
- Mpumalanga- 78 (0.5%)
- North West- 72 (0.4%)
- Northern Cape- 37 (0.2%)
- Western Cape- 10 639 (61.9%)
Briefly.co.za reported that the Northern Cape had signalled its readiness to reopen schools in the province after over 6 weeks of students being at home amid the current national lockdown.
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