South Africa has recorded its highest daily death toll with 94 fatalities reported. Briefly.co.za explores the latest on the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that SA has recorded a staggering 94 deaths as the number of cases increases to 87 715.
Briefly.co.za provides a glance at the latest news on the virus plaguing Mzansi:
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1. SA records highest daily death toll
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated SA on the latest Covid-19 statistics.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize confirmed that the nation had recorded 3 825 new infections, bringing the total cases up to 87 715.
Disturbingly, the nation also recorded the highest number of fatalities reported in a single day:
"Regrettably, we report a further 94 COVID-19 related deaths- 27 from Gauteng, 7 from KwaZulu Natal, and 60 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 1 831. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased. The mortality rate is 2,1%."
2. SA in a good position to roll out breakthrough Covid-19 drug
Minister Mkhize also revealed that SA is in a 'favourable' position to immediately get dexamethasone to all critically ill Covid-19 patients.
In a statement issued on the situation, Mkhize confirmed that the nation has around 300 000 ampoules or vials available:
"This is one of those medicines where we do have excellent local capacity. One of the companies manufactures the oral equivalent and supplies it all over the world, and so we are able to negotiate the security of our own supply right here at home."
The minister said that the fact that this drug is locally produced should be a major source of pride:
"In fact, to have a South African enterprise be a manufacturer and supplier of a critical medicine, especially one that will prove to be lifesaving in the current global context, is a real departure from the norm and so South Africans can take pride in being one of the countries that will provide a solution to a global crisis."
3. Brazil Covid-19 cases surpass 1 million infections
Brazil is officially the world's second worst-hit country amid the global Covid-19 pandemic. The nation recorded over 1 million cases on Friday, nearing 50 000 deaths.
Only the United States beats this tragic number of infections, with Brazil facing political turmoil and a grim economic outlook.
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