South Africa continues to endure the climb to peak Covid-19 infections with the nation recording over 3 500 fatalities. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic.
South Africans have been urged to brace themselves for the coming 'storm' with Covid-19 infections slowly rising to a peak.
Briefly.co.za explores the newest stories on the crisis in SA:
1. SA records over 3 500 fatalities
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again provided South Africa with an update on the Covid-19 outbreak.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize reported another spike in cases:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 215 855 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been reported."
In addition to this, the minister confirmed another 192 Covid-19 related fatalities on Tuesday:
"Regrettably, we report a further 192 Covid-19 related deaths - 15 from Limpopo, 22 from KwaZulu-Natal, 36 from Eastern Cape, 44 from Western Cape and 75 from Gauteng. This brings the total deaths to 3 502. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased. The number of recoveries is 102 299, which translates to a recovery rate of 47,4%."
2. North West Premier tests positive
North West Premier Job Mokgoro has tested positive for Covid-19 following the death of MEC Gordon Kegakilwe.
In a statement issued by spokesperson Vuyisile Ngesi it was confirmed that the premier will be self-isolating:
"Premier Mokgoro took the Covid-19 test yesterday following the passing on of the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, the late Mr Mothibi Gordon Kegakilwe, and he received results today, confirming that he has tested positive for the virus."
3.US formally begins withdrawal from World Health Organisation
President Donald Trump has officially begun the process to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization.
The largest financial contributor to the entity, the Covid-19 crisis has been viewed as an unreasonable point in time for the nation to exit its place at the table.
However, Trump is adamant that the WHO botched his response to the virus, confirming a full withdrawal would be effective in a year's time.
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