- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that SA has recorded 1 674 new Covid-19 infections
- This brings the total number of cases up to 34 357 on Monday, with the death toll spiking to 705
- The total number of recoveries to date has been 17 291
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted a dramatic case increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize revealed that South Africa has now reached nearly 35 000 cases:
"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 34 357. A total of 742 742 tests have been processed cumulatively of which 17 617 tests have been conducted since the last report."
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The minister also confirmed that 705 citizens have lost their personal battle with the virus:
"Regrettably we report an increase in the number of deaths to 705. In the Western Cape there are 22 new deaths bringing the total to 525 in the Province. We wish to express our condolences to the families and loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated these patients. The total national recoveries are 17 291"
Meanwhile, South Africa has officially entered Level 3 lockdown with a concerning number of citizens flooding retail outlets and resuming work on Monday.
The lifted ban on liquor drew thousands out to shops and it seems likely that a spike in infections can be expected as a result.
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