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COVID-19: SA cases rise to 8895, death toll at 178

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 8895. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize also confirmed 17 more COVID-19 related deaths bringing the SA death toll to 178.

He says there has been a delay in reporting some of the deaths due to stringent verification processes. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

Zweli Mkhize

Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community. The provincial breakdown of cases on Thursday was provided as:

Western Cape — 4,497;
Gauteng — 1,851;
KwaZulu-Natal — 1, 253;
Eastern Cape — 989;
Free State — 133;
Mpumalanga — 60;
Limpopo — 43;
North West — 42; and
Northern Cape — 27.
The number of deaths and recoveries were recorded as:

Western Cape — 99 deaths, 1,122 recoveries;
KwaZulu-Natal — 42 deaths, 420 recoveries;
Eastern Cape — 21 deaths, 388 recoveries;
Gauteng — 18 deaths, 1,036 recoveries;
Free State — 6 deaths, 102 recoveries;
Limpopo — 3 deaths, 27 recoveries;
Mpumalanga — 0 deaths, 22 recoveries;
North West — 0 deaths, 20 recoveries; and
Northern Cape — 0 deaths, 16 recoveries.
Mkhize said visits to the Western Cape and Eastern Cape would begin this weekend.

“We will be embarking on oversight visits to the Eastern Cape and Western Cape this weekend. These will be followed by presidential visits to both provinces later next week. The provinces have recorded the two highest new cases in the past 24 hours with the Western Cape accounts for 76% of new cases and the Eastern Cape accounting for 9% of new cases. In addition, the Western Cape has just over 50% of the Covid-19 burden in SA, recording the highest deaths as well.

“With interprovincial movement between these provinces being an issue, it will be crucial for us to understand the dynamics driving the epidemic in this region and assist where necessary. We know that a lot of good work has been done by the leadership of these provinces. We also acknowledge the commitment and hard work of our health professionals and front-line workers- both in public and private sectors. We look forward to bolstering the efforts already in place to curb further spread of Covid-19,” said Mkhize.

Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp. The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.

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Source: eNCA

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