- There have been 72 more Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa, taking the total number of deaths to 19 749
- The recovery rate of the virus in Mzansi now stands at 92% according to health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize
- There are now just under 40 000 active cases in the country and 1 761 new infections
Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize announced the latest COVID-19 statistics yesterday evening and there have been 72 more deaths related to the virus. The number of recoveries now stands at 675 593 which translates to a recovery rate of 92%.
This means that on a national scale, there are now 38 833 active cases. The minister reported that there were 1 761 new infections. In a speech delivered on Friday, Dr. Zweli Mkhize urged South Africans to pay attention if they had any flu-like symptoms.
Taking to social media yesterday Dr. Zweli Mkhize also warned South Africans that the symptoms of malaria and COVID-19 are similar. He was raising awareness since it was SADC Malaria Day on 6 November 2020.
The health minister posted a series of graphics detailing the symptoms of malaria and how to seek treatment if infected.
Mkhize said on social media: "10% of the population in SA, is at risk of contracting Malaria. COVID-19 is still with us and we must remain vigilant and continue to fight together."
The country is still waiting to see if there will be another surge of the virus, as well as feedback from the National Coronavirus Command Council next week.
In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is to address SA on the Covid-19 lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the nation next week on the government's plans regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu confirmed this during a media briefing on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday:
"Cabinet is concerned that some people are behaving recklessly and irresponsibly as if Covid-19 no longer exists. Cabinet calls on all people in South Africa to continue adhering to the health protocols of practising social distancing, wearing masks in public and washing our hands with water and soap or an alcohol-based sanitiser and avoiding large gatherings."
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