- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa has reached 35 812 Covid-19 cases
- The Western Cape alone has reported 23 583 infections, the highest number nationally
- Mkhize highlighted this as a major cause for concern as the nation moves towards lifting the ban
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest Covid-19 statistics as South Africa continues to battle the virus.
In a statement released by the minister, Mkhize confirmed that the nation is now heading towards 36 000 cases:
"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 35 812."
Briefly.co.za reported that the Western Cape had overtaken all other provinces as far as Covid-19 infections rates are concerned.
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Minister Mkhize has reiterated the challenge this poses to the government's response to the crisis, highlighting that the province has currently reported 65% of the nation's total infections.
While the rest of the nation has shifted to Level 3, it remains highly likely that the Western Cape will continue to face strict lockdown regulations.
Mkhize visited the region on Tuesday amid this situation, conducting an oversight visit to one of the province's quarantine sites.
Although the minister has released the latest statistics, he did not mention the latest number of fatalities, which as of Monday stood at over 700 deaths.
The provincial breakdown is as follows:
- Eastern Cape - 4 324
- Free State - 299
- Gauteng - 4 276
- KwaZulu-Natal - 2 637
- Limpopo - 193
- Mpumalanga - 132
- North West - 271
- Northern Cape - 91
- Western Cape - 23 583
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