- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that SA's Covid-19 cases are nearing 50 000
- In addition to this troublesome news, Mkhize reported the first Mpumalanga fatality
- This comes as SA cases hit 48 285 while deaths rose to nearly 1 000
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africa on the latest Covid-19 information.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize confirmed that the cases currently stand at:
"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 48 285."
Mkhize noted that Mpumalanga had reported its first death, with the Western Cape recording 45 fatalities:
"Today, we are deeply saddened to report the first death in Mpumalanga. The Western Cape has reported a further 45 COVID-19 related deaths. This brings the total national deaths to 998. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased."
South Africa has done nearly 1 million Covid-19 tests, with just over half of the citizens infected making a recovery:
"920 064 tests have been conducted cumulatively of which 28 395 were conducted since the last report. The recoveries to date are 24 364 – this translates to a recovery rate of 50,5%."
The provincial breakdown is as follows:
- Eastern Cape- 5974
- Free State- 361
- Gauteng- 5946
- KwaZulu-Natal- 3108
- Limpopo- 227
- Mpumalanga- 189
- North West- 523
- Northern Cape- 114
- Western Cape- 31824
- Unknown- 19
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