Dr Zweli Mkhize.
Dr Zweli Mkhize. Image source: GCIS

As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 4, 996 cases.

“We have a burden of hypertension, over 4.5 million people in South Africa have diabetes. Such diseases factor in COVID-19 infection,” says Dr Zweli Mkhize, Health Minister.

Currently, in South Africa, we have seen an increase in COVID-19 deaths.  We had 203 cases today and 3 more deaths. “There are now 93 deaths,” says Mkhize.

All three deaths were in the Western Cape.

“We convey our condolences to the families and friends. Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”

Dr Zweli Mkhize, Health Minister
Dr Zweli Mkhize, Health Minister

On the mortality rate, Mkhize says more work needs to be done to ensure a strong impact on the infection.  Minister says conditions like obesity have an effect on the mortality rate.

Mkhize said 185,497 tests have been conducted at this stage.

There had also been 2,073 recoveries.

“People need to understand the message of staying at home, the message of sanitizing plus wearing masks,” says Mkhize.

He added that South Africa had not seen a rapid rise in infection in a way that it had done at the beginning of the outbreak. Parts of the country have been affected differently.

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