Covid-19: Minister Mkhize announces 19 137 cases, 369 fatalities

Covid-19: Minister Mkhize announces 19 137 cases, 369 fatalities

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that SA has hit 19 137 Covid-19 cases

- The minister also confirmed that 30 more fatalities saw the death toll rising to 369

- The number of infections has jumped by over 1 000 new cases over the course of the past 24 hours

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed yet another huge spike in Covid-19 infections in SA on Thursday.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministery, Mkhize relayed the latest statistics commenting that:

"As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 19 137. A total of 525 433 tests have been conducted to date with 18 572 tests done in the past 24 hours."

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The minister also noted that 30 more fatalities had occurred in the space of the last 24 hours:

"Regrettably, we report 30 more Covid-19 related deaths, this brings the total national deaths to 369. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients."

The provincial breakdown of cases across the nation is as follows:

  • Eastern Cape- 2 324 (12.1%)
  • Free State- 184 (1%)
  • Gauteng- 2 453 (12.8%)
  • KwaZulu-Natal- 1 693(8.8%)
  • Limpopo- 121 (0.6%)
  • Mpumalanga- 95 (0.5%)
  • North West- 77 (0.4%)
  • Northern Cape- 37 (0.2%)
  • Western Cape- 12 153 (63.5%) reported that Mkhize had taken a moment to note the tragic loss of a health care worker, thanking the victim for helping SA battle the same virus that claimed her life.

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