South Africa records 6 336 COVID-19 cases

Health Minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize Image GCIS.

South Africa has 6 336 con­firmed COVID-19 cas­es, with sev­en new deaths and 2 549 recov­er­ies.

“The total num­ber of tests con­duct­ed to date is 230 686, of which 13 164 were done in the last 24 hours. This is the high­est num­ber of tests done in a 24-hour cycle to date,” Min­is­ter of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said on Sat­ur­day.

The data also showed that there were also 2 549 recov­er­ies.

The provin­cial break­down for COVID-19 cas­es is as fol­lows: Gaut­eng 1 598; West­ern Cape 2 700; East­ern Cape 732; Free State 121; KwaZu­lu-Natal 1 051; Limpopo 36; Mpumalan­ga 40; North West 35 and North­ern Cape 23.

The sev­en COVID-19 relat­ed deaths emanat­ed from the West­ern Cape and Free State, bring­ing the total num­ber of deaths to 123.

“We wish to express our con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the deceased and salute the health­care work­ers who treat­ed the deceased patients,” Mkhize said.

The Min­is­ter also report­ed the provin­cial break­down of deaths and recov­er­ies. The West­ern Cape had 56 deaths and 779 recov­er­ies; East­ern Cape13 deaths and 275 recov­er­ies, Free State had six deaths and 96 recov­er­ies.

Gaut­eng report­ed 12 deaths and 948 recov­er­ies; KwaZu­lu-Natal had 34 deaths and 375 recov­er­ies; Limpopo had two deaths and 25 recov­er­ies. Mpumalan­ga had no deaths and 18 recov­er­ies; North West had no deaths and 20 recov­er­ies, while the North­ern Cape also had no deaths and 13 recov­er­ies.

Men account­ed for 71 (58%) of the deaths and females account­ed for 52 (42%) of the deaths.

The Min­is­ter has urged South Africans, who are over 63 years of age and those who live with comor­bidi­ties such as hyper­ten­sion and dia­betes, to take extra pre­cau­tion as South Africa eas­es its lock­down.

“We have looked at the data for patients who have been hos­pi­talised and found that con­sis­tent with evi­dence emerg­ing world­wide, hyper­ten­sion, dia­betes, and car­diac dis­ease are the three most com­mon co-mor­bidi­ties asso­ci­at­ed with seri­ous ill­ness from COVID-19.”

He fur­ther called on all South Africans to con­tin­ue to stay at home as far as pos­si­ble, only ven­tur­ing out to per­form essen­tial tasks. – SAnews.gov.za

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