Covid-19: Minister Mkhize confirms 18 003 cases, 339 fatalities

Covid-19: Minister Mkhize confirms 18 003 cases, 339 fatalities

- Health Minister Dr Zwelie Mkhize has confirmed 18 003 Covid-19 cases

- On Wednesday evening, the minister confirmed 339 fatalities

- One of the fatalities included a Western Cape health care worker

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has informed South Africa with yet another increase in the number of Covid-19 cases amid the national pandemic.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize revealed that SA has jumped past the 18 000 case mark:

"As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 18 003."

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The minister also noted that the number of fatalities saw an increase, with 27 new deaths recorded:

"Regrettably we report a further 27 Covid-19 related deaths, this brings the total national deaths to 339. We are also devastated to have registered the death of a health care worker in the Western Cape. When Covid-19 claims the lives of the very people who are the bedrock of the national response, we feel the loss in so many ways. I want to sent a special tribute to the health care workers who continue to serve with honour and compassion, despite the real risks they face in the frontline. My heart goes out to the family, colleuges and loved ones of this compatriot, we salute her for the contribution she has made to the fight against Covid-19. We wish to express our condolences to all the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who cared for the deceased."

The breakdown per province is as follows:

  • Eastern Cape- 2 215 (12.3%)
  • Free State- 180 (1%)
  • Gauteng- 2 400 (13.3%)
  • KwaZulu-Natal- 1 650 (9.2%)
  • Limpopo- 93 (0.5%)
  • North West- 72 (0.4%)
  • Northern Cape- 38 (0.2%)
  • Mpumalanga 93 (0.5%)
  • Western Cape- 11 262 (62.6%)

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