Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has expressed his concerns over the sudden influx of Covid-19 infections. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has been exploring the nation's concerns as far as the current pandemic is concerned.
Now, the Minister has highlighted his worries over the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases nationwide.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates below:
1. Mkhize worried over spike in cases
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has expressed his concerns after a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases is concerned.
The Minister highlighted that South Africa is now recording over 3 000 new cases on a daily basis.
Mkhize confirmed that over half of these new cases are from the Eastern Cape province, where concerns had been raised earlier over an outbreak in the region.
The Minister also expressed his concerns over positivity which is currently 'higher than what is ideal' at 12%.
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with an update on the Covid-19 statistics.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize noted over 3 000 new cases had been reported:
"Today, we report with concern that the new cases identified in the past 24 hours are 3 105. This gives a cumulative total of COVD-19 cases in South Africa to be 762 763. We wish to highlight that we have breached the 3000 mark for daily new cases."
In addition to this spike in infections, the Minister also reported on the number of fatalities:
"Regrettably, 88 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 67, Free State 15, Gauteng 2, Kwa-Zulu Natal 1 and Western Cape 3. This brings the total to 20 759 deaths. We have noted that the number of new deaths being reported daily in the Eastern Cape is rising as well."
Despite Mkhize's concerns, recoveries now stand at 707 040 which translates to a recovery rate of 92,7%.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhize had recently visited the Eastern Cape province amid rising concerns over the influx in cases in the region.
Mkhize had noted the strain alcohol-related accidents and injuries was placing on the healthcare sector in the area.
The Minister will be examining statistics relating to liquor linked admissions, following which he would be addressing the situation.
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