South Africa records over 40,000 new covid-19 cases in five days
London, July 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-With 108 more deaths owing to Covid-19, as well as 9063 new infections on Friday alone, South Africa completes a miserable week recording over 40,000 new infections
The latest figure means South Africa, sadly now has a total confirmed cases just under 180 000, with a daily record of over eight thousand cases every day in the last seven days. an increase of about 7,000 cases in just one week.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says South Africa’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 2952
Mkhize said confirmed cases since March now stand at 177 124, with just under 87 000 recoveries.
Active cases – those of people who are currently living with the virus – stand at 87 874.
Mkhize said the 108 deaths were from the five provinces – the Western Cape, North West, KZN, , Eastern Cape and Northern Cape.
In Gauteng, there were no deaths, but the province’s active cases stand at 39,952.
Mkhize said the new deaths were from the following provinces:
- Western Cape, 58 deaths
- North West, 29
- KZN, 10
- Eastern Cape, 8
- Northern Cape, 3
South Africa is currently on Day 99 of its lockdown. The country is now on level 3 of an eased lockdown which has allowed millions of workers to return to work.
Over 1.7 million have been tested for the virus. More than 39 000 people were tested in the past 24 hours.
The country expects its Covid-19 peak between July and August, with Gauteng currently the province with the most active cases despite the Western Cape having the most infections and death.
Mkhize said he was sending condolences to those who had lost loved ones and thanked health workers for treating the deceased.
“We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased. The mortality rate is 1,7% The number of recoveries is 86 298, which translates to a recovery rate of 48,7%,” he said. IOL