Covid-19 update: SANBS warns stock is critically low, urges SA to donate

Covid-19 update: SANBS warns stock is critically low, urges SA to donate

The South African National Blood Service has called for Mzansi to make donating a priority. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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The SA National Blood Service has warned that stocks are currently running low, placing lives at risk in the process.

In addition to this, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided the nation with the latest Covid-19 statistics. explores the top stories on the pandemic in Mzansi:

1. SANBS warns lives are at risk as stocks run low

The South African National Blood Service has revealed that it is currently experiencing critical blood shortages.

The service is attempting to increase awareness on this issue, saying that an estimated 3 174 lives are at immediate risk on social media.

Speaking to News24, communications officer Khensani Mahlangu explained that this figure is worked out with the supply on hand:

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"The figure used is based on the days' supply at hand when the donation appeal goes out. This is an approximation of the number of people who will potentially be affected if the demand remains high and blood stocks are inadequate."

Mahlangu explained that the Covid-19 pandemic had scared off potential donors but the demand in hospitals remains high, further commenting that:

"Covid-19 restrictions have severely limited our ability to collect adequate blood stocks, particularly because we are not able to access schools, colleges and corporates for blood drives."
The SANBS is pleading with citizens to donate blood. Image: Twitter/ SANBS
Source: UGC

2. Mkhize on latest Covid-19 statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided Mzansi with an update on the latest Covid-19 statistics. In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Tuesday evening, Mkhize confirmed that:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 683 242 with 1 027 new cases identified since the last report."

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The minister also confirmed the latest number of fatalities in South Africa, commenting that:

"Regrettably, we report 87 more Covid-19 related deaths: 4 from Eastern Cape, 35 from KwaZulu-Natal, 28 from Gauteng, 5 from North West and 15 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 17 103."

The breakdown of infections per province is as follows:

  • Eastern Cape - 89 991
  • Free State - 48 865
  • Gauteng - 221 320
  • KwaZulu -Natal- 119 769
  • Limpopo - 15 880
  • Mpumalanga - 27 718
  • North West - 30 103
  • Northern Cape - 18 000
  • Western Cape - 111 596

Mkhize also confirmed that recoveries now stand at 616 857, which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

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