25 New deaths reported as South Africa edges closer towards reopening

25 New deaths reported as South Africa edges closer towards reopening

- South Africa is edging towards the 30 000 mark as Covid-19 cases continue to rise

- The Western Cape remains the epicentre of the virus with 65% of all the cases in South Africa

- South Africans have expressed their concerns about the high number of backlogged cases

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As of 29 May, South Africa has 27 403 confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize. There is an increase of 1 466 new cases and the death toll has risen by 25 to 577. The Western Cape remains the epicentre of the virus with 17 754 cases, which account for 65% of all the cases in the country.

Among the 25 new reported deaths is a National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) employee, who contracted the Covid-19 virus a few weeks ago. The employee unfortunately succumbed to the virus and the minister sent his condolences to the family of the lady who died in service to the country.

Gauteng and the Eastern Cape have the second and third-highest cases respectively. Gauteng numbers stand at 3 329 and the Eastern Cape at 3 306. The Covid-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal reported that the rising cases in the Eastern Cape are attributed to the attendance of funerals, which also include people coming from the highly-infected Western Cape.

The Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga are three provinces whose infection and death rates have remained relatively low. The three provinces have a combined total of 306 Covid-19 cases and only four confirmed deaths.

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The Minister of Health has also reported that the backlog in cases is around 80 000. The figure of unprocessed specimens was 96 480 as of 25 May. This backlog issue has become a troublesome one for South Africans and some even hinting that provinces might be hiding their figures.

Another user reported that her mother tested twice in April and still has not received her results for either of the tests

Protocols require that a person self quarantines while they wait for their results, but this is something that isn't possible for everyone given the socio-economic complexities of South Africa.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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