COVID-19 cases rise to 2 173

Dr. Zweli Mkhize :Image GCIS.

As of today, 12 April 2020, the total num­ber of con­firmed COVID-19 cas­es in South Africa is 2 173, with no report­ed increase in deaths.

Health Min­is­ter Dr. Zweli Mkhize said this is an increase of 145 cas­es from the pre­vi­ous­ly report­ed cas­es on Sat­ur­day. The num­ber of deaths still stands at 25.

He said the total num­ber of tests con­duct­ed to date is 80 085.

“We are also see­ing an increase in the test con­duct­ed at pub­lic lab­o­ra­to­ries. Of the 5 032 tests con­duct­ed in the past day, 3 192 were done in pub­lic lab­o­ra­to­ries,” Mkhize said.

The provin­cial break­down is as fol­lows: Gaut­eng has 865 con­firmed cas­es, West­ern Cape with 587, KwaZu­lu-Natal has 443 con­firmed COVID-19 cas­es. The Free State has 96, East­ern Cape 88, Limpopo 23, Mpumalan­ga 21, North West 19, North­ern Cape 16 and the num­ber of unal­lo­cat­ed cas­es stand at 15.

“The num­ber of new infec­tions is not increas­ing as much as it would’ve been. The bor­ders have also been closed pre­vent­ing new import­ed infec­tions.”

The Min­is­ter said the reg­u­lar wash­ing of hands, social dis­tanc­ing and the wear­ing of mask needs to con­tin­ue after the con­clu­sion of the nation­al lock­down.

This as the 21-day nation­wide lock­down to curb the spread of COVID-19 has been extend­ed by a fur­ther two weeks until the end of April. –

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