South Africa has recorded over 200 000 Covid-19 infections and over 3 300 fatalities. Briefly.co.za explores the latest information on the pandemic.
South Africa has passed 200 000 cases in the battle against the coronavirus with peak infections still expected later this year.
Briefly.co.za explores the newest updates on the crisis below:
1. SA surpasses 200 000 infections
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa has reached yet another grim milestone in the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize announced the latest statistics:
"Today we have breached the 200 000 mark, recording a cumulative total of 205 721 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa."
Mkhize also confirmed that the number of deaths had also seen a spike in the past 24 hours:
"Regrettably, we report a further 111 COVID-19 related deaths- 9 from Eastern Cape, 17 from Limpopo, 35 from Western Cape and 50 from Gauteng. This brings the total deaths to 3 310. The number of recoveries is 97 848, which translates to a recovery rate of 47,6%"
2. North West MEC Gordhon Kegakilwe dies from Covid-19
North West Premier Job Mokgoro has confirmed that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Gordon Kegakilwe has passed away after contracting Covid-19.
In a statement issued by the premier, Mokgoro confirmed that Kegakilwe had died on Monday after testing positive:
"He was transported from Vryburg to Klerksdorp in an ambulance and upon arrival in Klerksdorp, he suffered a cardiac arrest and despite all the efforts by the medical personnel, he succumbed and lost his life."
3. Beijing reports zero new cases for first time in nearly a month
Beijing has reported no new Covid-19 cases for the first time in 26 days, a clear sign that the fears of a second wave of infections in China may have been premature.
Bloomberg reports that Chinese authorities had opted for a different approach this time, deploying more targeted measures to deal with the outbreak.
This included confining whole neighbourhoods to their homes in a bid to keep the virus under control after slowly reopening the country.
Beijing reported zero new coronavirus cases for the first time in 26 days, a sign the resurgence that ignited fears of a second wave in China looks to have been brought under control for now.
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