Covid-19 update: SA records fewer cases, KZN highlighted as concern

Covid-19 update: SA records fewer cases, KZN highlighted as concern

South Africa has managed to record less than 10 000 cases for two consecutive days in a row. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

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While SA records fewer Covid-19 cases, KwaZulu-Natal has been highlighted as a cause for concern ahead of peak infections.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic:

1. SA records fewer cases for 2nd day in a row

South Africa has recorded less than 10 000 new Covid-19 infections for two consecutive days.

While the nation has been seeing over 10 000 new cases since early July, this trend seems to be shifting.

On Tuesday evening, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that there are now 381 798 cases, only just over 8 000 new infections from the previous day.

Another snippet of positive news is that the recovery rate is now 54%, with over 200 000 citizens already having won their battle against the virus.

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Mkhize confirmed that SA had managed to record fewer Covid-19 cases in recent days. Image: GCIS
Source: UGC

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2. Karim highlights KwaZulu-Natal as a concern

Professor Salim Karim, the chair of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee, says that KwaZulu-Natal is about to see a surge in cases.

The expert says that he expects KZN infections to rapidly rise as SA heads towards peak cases amid the pandemic:

"The challenging setting right now is Kwa-Zulu Natal where the epidemic is rising quite rapidly and we can expect because of the population size that we will see a rapid increase in the number of cases."

KwaZulu-Natal currently has over 45 000 Covid-19 cases and 429 deaths.

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3. 6 ANC MPs test positive for Covid-19

At least 6 ANC Members of Parliament and 18 parliamentary officials have tested positive for Covid-19.

ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina wished a speedy recovery to members of her caucus after they contracted the virus.

Parliament recently issued a statement informing SA that house chairperson Cedric Frolick had tested positive:

“Mr Frolick, who is the house chairperson responsible for committees, oversight and ICT, has immediately gone into isolation and will be working from home. The presiding officers are encouraged that Mr Frolick remains in high spirits and they are confident that he will beat the virus and recover soon"

Earlier, Briefly.co.za had reported that two Cabinet ministers had tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

Both Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe had confirmed that they had gone into self-quarantine.

However, this quickly changed when both men's conditions worsened, with both admitted to hospital as a result.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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