Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 37 525 cases as Eastern Cape infections soar

Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 37 525 cases as Eastern Cape infections soar

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest update on the Covid-19 pandemic

- Positive cases have now increased to 37 525 as of Wednesday evening

- The number of fatalities linked to the virus is nearing the 800 death mark

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the newest statistics on the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Wednesday, Mkhize reported to SA that:

"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 37 525. A total of 785 979 tests have been processed cumulatively of which 24 445 tests have been conducted since the last report."

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The minister also confirmed that the number of fatalities has also seen an increase, explaining:

"Regrettably, we report 37 more COVID-19 related deaths: 7 in the Eastern Cape, 1 in KwaZulu Natal and 29 in Western Cape. This brings the total national deaths to 792. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased. The recoveries to date are 19 682– this translates to a recovery rate of 52,45%."

Briefly.co.za reported that the Western Cape province had been highlighted as a major concern, with the province recording over 65.5% of South Africa's total cases.

Alarmingly, Mkhize has revealed that the Eastern Cape is now heading down the same path:

"We note the same pattern that drove up the outbreak in Western Cape is building up in the Eastern Cape. The two provinces now consist of 78% of all positive cases Additional attention is being directed to Eastern Cape to ensure the province can adequately respond to limit escalation of infection."

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

  • Eastern Cape- 4 526
  • Free State- 319
  • Gauteng- 4567
  • KwaZulu-Natal- 2707
  • Limpopo- 200
  • Mpumalanga- 137
  • North West- 314
  • Northern Cape- 93
  • Western Cape- 24 657

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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