Covid-19 update: South Africa inching closer to 600 000 positive cases

Covid-19 update: South Africa inching closer to 600 000 positive cases

Although the infection rate has slowed slightly, South Africa is still experiencing an increase of Covid-19 cases.

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This week, the country moved down to lockdown Level 2 as the government tries to rescue the economy following months of strict regulations.

And while it is good news for many industries - including the tobacco and alcohol industries - South Africans are not out of the danger just yet.

There has been a continued increase in coronavirus cases and one province is ready to splurge millions on mortuary. took a look at the latest Covid-19 updates:

1. Covid-19 cases on the rise, but recovery rate looks promising

Since the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa, 592 144 positive cases have been reported. On Tuesday, the Department of Health updated SA on the latest Covid-19 stats that indicated the country is nearing 600 000 positive cases.

On 18 August, 2 258 new cases were recorded. Despite the steady rise in active cases, Dr Zweli Mkhize's post did reveal some good news as well.

Out of the total number of identified cases, a whopping 485 468 people have recovered. Sadly, 12 264 South Africans have already lost their lives to the virus.

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2. Eastern Cape ready to build multi-million-rand mortuary

While Mkhize revealed the recovery rate is at 82%, Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane is concerned about the high mortality rate. Within 24 hours, 70 people lost their lives to the deadly virus.

News24 reported Mabuyane said:

"These fatalities are due to co-morbidities, with diabetes and hypertension the leading causes of death among patients who tested positive for Covid-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased during this difficult time. May they find strength to heal from their losses."

This prompted the province to allocate a whopping R2.7 million for the construction of a mortuary.

Furthermore, 25 hospitals have been identified to receive bulk oxygen tank supply as Mabuyane believes it is imperative for saving lives.

The Eastern Cape is using R594.7 million to refurbish 86 hospitals during this critical time.

Covid-19 update: South Africa inching closer to 600 000 positive cases

Mabuyane attends the unveiling of a new innovation in the form of Non-Invasive Breathing system that is being piloted in the Eastern Cape. Photo: @OscarMabuyane.
Source: Twitter

Meanwhile, in other news, a report has emerged that the ANC is planning on creating a state-owned bank using pension funds to capitalise the institution.

This is part of the ANC's recovery plan which is geared towards improving the economy and investing in infrastructure projects.

The is the risk that the project could erode pension funds through investments in projects managed by the government.

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