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Covid-19: 52 New deaths recorded as confirmed cases increase by 1032

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize1

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has increased to a total of 23 615, with the death toll now at 481.

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize issued an update on Monday evening, confirming that the number of known infections has risen by 1 032 since the last figure was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his address on Sunday.

He also revealed that 52 more deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours, the highest toll reported on a single say since the first case was recorded in South Africa

The majority of the new cases come from the Western Cape, which continues to account for more than half of the country’s known infection.

The province’s toll now stands at 15 396 with 330 deaths, the latter representing an increase of 49 from the number reported on Sunday. This just as the country prepares to move to Alert Level 3 lockdown restrictions on 1 June.

Alan Winde

In issuing out an update on the situation in the province earlier in the day, Premier Alan Winde said the easing of restrictions does not mean business as usual.

” It will not be business as usual in the Western Cape. We will all need to work much harder to protect ourselves and to protect our loved ones.”

-Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier

Mkhize said a total of 596 777 tests have been conducted, with the public sector accounting for the majority. In the past 24 hours, 12 992 test were done.
As of Monday, the number of recoveries from the coronavirus stands at 11 917, bringing the active cases to 11 698.