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COVID-19 latest: SA’s Covid-19 cases increase by 9 063, death toll now at 2 952

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Covid 19 update

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, on Friday 3 July, announced that the confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have risen to 177 124. This is an increase of 9 063, as the total number of confirmed cases stood at 168 061 on Thursday 2 July.

Mkhize announced an updated death toll of 2 952. This is an increase of 108 as it stood at 2 844 on Thursday 2 July. The mortality rate is currently at 1.7%.

“Regrettably, we report a further 108 COVID-19 related deaths – three from the Northern Cape, eight from the Eastern Cape, 29 from the North West, 10 from KwaZulu-Natal and 58 from the Western Cape.”

-Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

A total of 1 745 153 tests have been conducted to date with 39 025 tests done in the last 24 hours. There have been 86 298 recoveries thus far.

LATEST COVID-19 CASES BY PROVINCE AS OF FRIDAY 3 JULY
The following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been detected in each province as of Friday:

  • Eastern Cape – 32 157 cases
  • Free State – 2 130 cases;
  • Gauteng – 54 331 cases;
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 12 757 cases;
  • Limpopo – 1 408 cases;
  • Mpumalanga – 1 611 cases;
  • North West – 5 168 cases;
  • Northern Cape – 626 cases; and
  • Western Cape – 66 936 cases
  • Unknown – 0 cases.
    This comes to a total of 177 124 confirmed cases.

COVID-19 DEATH TOLL BY PROVINCE AS OF FRIDAY
The following confirmed COVID-19-related deaths have been detected in each province as of Friday:

  • Eastern Cape – 459 deaths;
  • Free State – 9 deaths;
  • Gauteng – 282 deaths;
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 162 deaths;
  • Limpopo – 10 deaths;
  • Mpumalanga – 7 deaths;
  • North West – 36 deaths;
  • Northern Cape – 4 deaths;
  • Western Cape – 1 983 deaths.

LATEST COVID-19 RECOVERIES
Mkhize announced the latest COVID-19 recoveries as follows:

  • Eastern Cape – 17 403 recoveries;
  • Free State – 396 recoveries;
  • Gauteng – 14 097 recoveries;
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 4 197 recoveries;
  • Limpopo – 594 recoveries;
  • Mpumalanga – 585 recoveries;
  • North West – 865 recoveries;
  • Northern Cape – 232 recoveries; and
  • Western Cape – 47 929 recoveries.

WILL WE GO BACK TO LEVEL 5?
During a visit to Mpumalanga on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said another hard lockdown– level 5– is not being considered for now.

Ramaphosa said this during a visit to the Ehlanzeni District Municipality in order to assess Mpumalanga’s provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Another hard lockdown is not being considered for now, the issue of jobs lost concerns us. Other countries are experiencing even bigger losses. We are developing various other ways of responding to this.”

-Cyril Ramaphosa

The president also said we should ask fellow citizens why they’re not wearing masks if that’s the case. He said we should hold each other accountable regarding lockdown regulations and COVID-19 guidelines.

“A good strategy here in Mpumalanga is that embers of the community are accountable to one another. If we see one person not adhering to the protocols, like not wearing a mask, we should ask them why they are not adhering to the guidelines,” he added.

southafrican.com