- The country has recorded an increased number of Covid-19 infections with the total now over 24 000
- There had been 43 more Covid-19 related deaths as of Tuesday
- The country will be easing lockdown to Level 3 despite the increasing positive cases and high infection rate
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The latest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has risen to 24 264. There have been 43 more deaths related to the virus, bringing the total number to 524. Coronavirus hotspots could remain at Level 4 as the country moves to Level 3 next month.
The government is entertaining the possibility of Covid-19 hotspots remaining at Level 4 on 1 June. If the curve does not flatten in these areas, there is further possibility that they could be moved back to Level 5.
Acording to News24, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize briefed the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday, declaring that the hotspots would undergo intensive screening and testing.
"Even as we move to alert Level 3 it is important that we should be aware that there are a few parts of the country where the disease is concentrated and where infections continue to rise. These areas will be declared coronavirus hotspots."
eNCA reports that the Health Minister confirmed that the lockdown was being eased despite the World Health Organization (WHO) stating that the country should wait for a decline in positive cases. He explained that the country is struggling with hunger and social distress.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said he was feeling relieved after the development of a 862-bed field hospital. Briefly.co.za reported that the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre) has been converted into a massive field hospital for Covid-19 cases. The transformation will see a total of 862 beds added to the facility, according to Western Cape Premier Alan Winde. The province will be converting further structures into field hospitals in an attempt to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
The Western Cape still holds the highest number of positive cases with 15 829 cases, followed by Gauteng with 3 043 cases and the Eastern Cape with 2 864 cases. There are 12 741 as of Tuesday.
Globally, the number of positive cases worldwide is at more than 5.55 million, while deaths amount to more than 348 000.
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Meanwhile Briefly.co.za previously reported that researchers have developed a new inhaler to try stop the symptoms of Covid-19 from worsening. They have launched testing of the inhaler and hope it will help patients treat themselves at home . At present, no cure exists for the virus and those who test positive have to be isolated.
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