COVID-19 has to date claimed 50 lives in SA

Dr. Zweli Mkhize .Image GCIS.

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.
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