Covid-19 update: SA cases spike, SANDF deployed to Eastern Cape

Covid-19 update: SA cases spike, SANDF deployed to Eastern Cape

South Africa has recorded a massive spike in Covid-19 infections with nearly 7 000 new cases reported. examines the latest updates on the pandemic.

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South Africa has recorded a staggering number of new Covid-19 infections with the Eastern Cape under immense pressure. explores the top stories on the situation below:


Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and EC Premier Oscar Mabuyane
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1. SA records 6 945 new Covid-19 infections

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that Covid-19 cases in SA have spiked with 6 945 new infections.

Commenting on the situation, Mkhize reported that the nation has now surpassed 150 000 infections:

"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 151 209 with 6 945 new cases reported."

SA has also recorded a high level of new fatalities in the pandemic with the minister saying:

"Regrettably, we report a further 128 Covid-19 related deaths: 4 from Mpumalanga, 25 from Eastern Cape, 36 from Gauteng, 11 from KwaZulu-Natal and 52 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 2 657. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased."

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2. SANDF medical teams deployed to Eastern Cape

The South African National Defence Force has deployed medical teams to the Eastern Cape. reported that the province's hospitals are overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases with over 26 000 recorded.

Premier Oscar Mabuyane urged citizens to stay at home with the pandemic in the region expected to reach peak infections in the next few days.

4. More trouble for the Eastern Cape

The province is also facing a crisis in its education system after three deaths were reported.

Over 1 500 people in the system have tested positive for Covid-19 with three students and eight teachers dying as a result.

Eastern Cape Education MEC Fundile Gade commented on the situation at hand:

"In terms of the unconfirmed statistics of the Department of Health to us, it's 25 but the confirmed ones it's 15. Out of that 15, we have got learners that are three, we have got four that are non-teaching staff and eight that are teachers."

Gade has called for the reopening of schooling for other grades to be delayed in light of the spike in infections.

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