COVID-19 cases rise to 2 272, 27 deaths


The num­ber of COVID-19 cas­es in South Africa rose to 2 272 on Mon­day, with two more deaths con­firmed by Health Min­is­ter Zweli Mkhize.

The pos­i­tive tests are an increase of 99 from the pre­vi­ous day. Total deaths stood at 27 on Mon­day.

Dur­ing a tech­ni­cal pub­lic engage­ment with experts deal­ing with the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, Mkhize said the coun­try has con­duct­ed 83 363 tests since the out­break. Of these, 21 190 had been done in pub­lic sec­tor facil­i­ties.

Regard­ing deaths, Mkhize said the first case was of a 68-year-old male in the West­ern Cape while the sec­ond was that of a 57-year-old male from Gaut­eng.

The Min­is­ter said the Gaut­eng death had raised alarm as the patient had not dis­played under­ly­ing dis­eases and only dis­played res­pi­ra­to­ry destress when he was admit­ted.

“His chest x‑rays showed some changes which were sug­ges­tive of COVID-19 and was found to be pos­i­tive. While in the ICU his con­di­tion took a turn for the worse and unfor­tu­nate­ly we lost him. We do not have a record of any under­ly­ing dis­eases,” said Mkhize.

The Min­is­ter said the 68-year-old was admit­ted with acute res­pi­ra­to­ry destress and hypox­ia with under­ly­ing con­comi­tant dis­eases of dia­betes, hyper­ten­sion and chron­ic renal dis­ease.

He said this has been the pat­tern with most cas­es.

Last month, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa announced that gov­ern­ment would roll out a mass COVID-19 pub­lic screen­ing and test­ing pro­gramme.

“We’ve man­aged to mass screen 438 815 peo­ple in the coun­try. It’s ear­ly days but that’s where we are right now,” he said.

Out of these, 4537 peo­ple have been referred for test­ing in var­i­ous gov­ern­ment test­ing facil­i­ties.

Mkhize said the Depart­ment of Health had iden­ti­fied 11 406 con­tacts of those who had test­ed pos­i­tive.

“Of those, 9 075 of those have been iden­ti­fied and inter­viewed and processed accord­ing­ly,” he said.

Gov­ern­ment, he said, had deployed an army of 10 654 trac­ers who are on the ground in an attempt to make as much con­tact as pos­si­ble.

He expressed con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the deceased.

Dur­ing the brief­ing, the Min­is­ter clar­i­fied that sta­tis­tics are released after a rig­or­ous cal­cu­la­tion process. –

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