Covid-19 update: SA surpasses 200 000 cases, North West MEC dies

Covid-19 update: SA surpasses 200 000 cases, North West MEC dies

South Africa has recorded over 200 000 Covid-19 infections and over 3 300 fatalities. explores the latest information on the pandemic.

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South Africa has passed 200 000 cases in the battle against the coronavirus with peak infections still expected later this year. 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%"

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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."

MEC Gordon Kegakilwe
Source: Twitter

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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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