The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa continues to increase at a disturbing rate.
The deadly COVID-19 has so far claimed 50 lives, the latest two deaths reported in the Western Cape.
In a statement on Friday, the National Department of Health has declared the total number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa has increased from 2, 605 confirmed on Thursday to 2 783 on Friday.
This brings to 178 the total number of new cases in the country confirmed on Friday.
Topping the nine provinces is Gauteng with 1018, an increase of 49 new cases confirmed on Thursday.
It is followed by Western Cape confirming 717 infections, an increase of 42 cases reported the previous day.
Kwazulu-Natal has 591 from 539 confirmed on Thursday, which brings to 52 the number of news cases.
Compared to 220 cases verified in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, the number of new cases on Friday stands at 246 – an increase of 26 cases as of Friday
Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize said the total number of tests conducted throughout the country to date is 100 827.
The department regrettably reports 2 new COVID-19 related deaths, confirming that both deceased are from the Western Cape.
“This increases the total number of deaths to 50. We convey our condolences to the families and also appreciate the health workers who were treating the deceased patients,” added Dr. Mkhize.
The Citizen newspaper reported that numbers released by Western Cape premier Alan Winde indicate that 13 of South Africa’s 50 deaths were recorded in the province, while 33 were being treated in hospital.
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. It may cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recent Coronavirus disease is COVID-19.