- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa has surpassed 50 000 Covid-19 cases
- The number of fatalities has also increased to over 1 000 on Monday evening
- This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa urged the nation to be concerned but calm
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed another surge in Covid-19 infections.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Monday, Mkhize commented that:
"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 50 879."
Reporting another increase in the number of fatalities, Mkhize continued to say that:
"Regrettably, we report a further 82 COVID-19 related deaths: 55 from Western Cape, 26 from the Eastern Cape, and 1 from KZN. This brings the total national deaths to 1080 with a mortality rate of 2,1%. 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 26 099– this translates to a recovery rate of 51,3%."
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had urged the nation to remain calm amid the increase in cases:
"Over the coming weeks, as we watch the coronavirus infections continue to rise, we must remember that we are not helpless. And we should remember one simple, but fundamental, message: Don’t be alarmed. Be prepared."
The provincial breakdown is as follows:
- Eastern Cape- 6341
- Free State- 373
- Gauteng- 6258
- KwaZulu-Natal- 3175
- Limpopo- 244
- Mpumalanga- 183
- North West- 580
- Northern Cape- 118
- Western Cape- 33568
- Unknown- 39
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