Coronavirus: 7 More People Die of COVID-19, Cases Climb to 6 336

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The total number of confirmed COVI-19 cases in South Africa is now 6,336.

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

Today regrettably, we are saddened to report a further 7 COVID-19 related deaths from the Western Cape and Free State. This brings the total number of deaths to 123.

“We convey our condolences to the families and friends of the deceased,” said Dr Zweli Mkhize, Health Minister.

“Wearing a fabric face mask is an important preventative measure when you go out.

“We are however pleased to report that the number of recoveries now stands at 2549.”

Below is the Provincial Breakdown

“We have also begun to study the COVID-19 deaths to begin to elucidate patterns and areas of high risk.”

We have observed the following:

Distribution of Deaths by Gender:

Co-morbidities

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

“Other co-morbidities that were seen amongst COVID-19 admitted patients were a chronic pulmonary disease, asthma, chronic renal disease, malignancy, HIV, active and past tuberculosis.”

Dr Mkhize urged millions of South Africans who are over 63 years of age and those living with these conditions to take extra precautions as the government eases the lockdown.

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