- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest Covid-19 statistics for SA
- The minister revealed that cases are now over 73 000
- The number of fatalities has also increased with 88 new deaths recorded
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africa on the Covid-19 pandemic currently gripping the nation.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize noted that cases have risen by a staggering 3 495 infections:
"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 73 533."
The minister confirmed that SA has conducted over 1 million coronavirus tests since the beginning of the outbreak:
"1 148 933 tests have been conducted cumulatively with a total of 26 975 new tests."
Mkhize has noted the sad news that 88 new Covid-19 related deaths had been reported during the past 24 hours:
"Regrettably, we report a further 88 COVID-19 related deaths: 73 from Western Cape, 9 from the Eastern Cape, and 6 from Gauteng Province. This brings the total national deaths to 1568 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."
While the outlook remains grim Mkhize provided some positive news over the number of recoveries:
"The recoveries to date are 39 867– this translates to a recovery rate of 54,2%."
Briefly.co.za reported that the national government is expected to announce a migration to Advanced Level 3 lockdown instead of a shift to Level 2.
The provincial breakdown is as follows:
- Eastern Cape- 10 597
- Free State- 512
- Gauteng- 12 193
- KwaZulu-Natal- 3 959
- Limpopo- 362
- Mpumalanga- 322
- North West- 1 177
- Northern Cape- 205
- Western Cape- 44 143
- Unknown- 63
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