At 97, 302 covid-19 cases, South Africa edges closer to 100,000 mark
London, June 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is approaching the 100,000 mark.The cumulative number of confirmed cases now stand at 97 302 with 4 621 new cases on Sunday
The virus is equally killing more people. The death toll is surging towards 2000 figure but currently stands at 1 930 as of Sunday, according to Health Minister Zweli Mhkize.
The health department announced that a total of 1,328,060 tests have been conducted to date.”Regrettably, we report a further 53 Covid-19 related deaths – 8 from Gauteng, 1 from KwaZulu Natal, 17 from Eastern Cape and 27 from Western Cape.”
Meanwhile, the South African arm of the World Health Organisation’s Solidarity Trial has been given the green light.
The first patients are expected to be enrolled this week.
The WHO launched the trial in March.
Its goal is to identify an effective treatment for COVID-19 using existing treatments for other illnesses.
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority and the Wits University Ethics Committee have approved it.
The team is now waiting for the delivery of an anti-retroviral drug – expected next week – before the first patients can be treated.
The Helen Joseph and Chris Hani Baragwanath hospitals are expected to be the first to start because they have all the hospital-level approvals already in place.