Two weeks after easing lockdown, South Africa registers over 7000 new coronavirus cases
London, May 18, 2020 (AltAfrica)-South Africa on Sunday recorded an astonishing 1160 new positive coronavirus cases, the highest spike the country has seen in a single day.
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 15 515, with the 1 160 new cases identified in the last 24-hour cycle of testing.
In the last two weeks after partially lifting restriction on lockdown ans opened up the economy, the country has recorded over 7000 new cases an increase of about 80 percent to the recorded figures before lifting the restriction
On Saturday, the country recorded eight hundred and thirty one new cases of Covid-19 with 91% of those in the Western and Eastern Cape
According to the minister, three more people have died from Covid-19, bringing the total death count to 264.
Furthermore, 460 873 have been conducted with 21 314 done in the last 24 hour cycle. The minister also noted that of the fatality count, 148 were men while 116 were women.
The Western Cape has contributed, in the past 24 hours, to 76% of the new cases with 890 cases, followed by the Eastern Cape with 124 cases.
“We remain concerned about the developments in the Western Cape, with the total cumulative cases now comprising almost 60% of the national cumulative cases and the new cases from Western Cape comprising 76% of the new cases from the past 24 hour cycle,” the Ministry said.
On a positive note, the number of people who have recovered from Covid-19 in SA stands at 7006.
Globally, there are 4,760 706 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 314 138 deaths and 1,837 463 recoveries.
Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that parts of the country would be downgraded to Level 3 restrictions. This is expected to come into effect from the end of May.
South Africa began to gradually loosen its strict coronavirus lockdown on a fortnight ago allowing some industries to reopen after five weeks of restrictions that plunged its struggling economy deeper into turmoil.
The economy of Africa’s most industrialised nation was already teetering when the lockdown kicked into gear on March 27 to contain the spread of infections.
To combat the economic destruction, the government adopted a gradual and phased approach to reopen the country from May 1.