Morocco, South Africa record 5,807 new covid-19 cases, 168 deaths
London, Oct. 11, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Renewed cases of covid-19 have continued to escalate in Morocco and South Africa as the two countries recorded nearly six thousand (5, 807) cases on Saturday . The two countries also recorded 168 covid-19 related deaths on same day
The breakdown shows that Morocco’s Ministry of Health recorded 3,443 new COVID-19 cases to bring the country’s total number of confirmed infections to 149,841.
The country recorded 42 more COVID-19-related fatalities during the same period bringing the death toll to 2,572.
This is the second highest number of COVID-19 infections that the Ministry of Health has recorded in a single day since the onset of the pandemic. The country’s highest daily record was set on Friday with 3,445 new infections
On the other hand, South Africa recorded 2 364 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to 690 896. Gauteng accounts for most of the country’s cases provincially with 222 745 (32.2%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 120 295 (17.4%).
The country has also recorded 126 new COVID-19 related fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 17 673.
The country also reported another 1,832 COVID-19 recoveries in the past 24 hours.
Morocco’s total number of recovered COVID-19 patients is now 124,854. The national recovery rate is 83.3%.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Morocco stands at 22,415 as of 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 10.
Morocco counts 445 patients with severe symptoms. Approximately 41 are under artificial respiration.
In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says most of the new deaths were recorded in the Eastern Cape. The province recorded 39 of the 126 COVID-19 related deaths.
“Regrettably, we report 126 more COVID-19 related deaths: 39 from Eastern Cape, 35 from the Free State, ten from KwaZulu Natal, 30 from Gauteng, four from Mpumalanga and eight from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 17 673. Of the 126 deaths reported today, 11 occurred in the past 24 hours: two in the Free State, one in Gauteng, four in KwaZulu-Natal and four from Mpumalanga. The provinces continue to refine their processes of identifying COVID-19 related deaths as outlined in the statement of 8 October 2020. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” says Dr Mkhize.
Gauteng has recorded the most deaths provincially with 4 444 COVID-19 related deaths, followed by the Western Cape with 4 252 deaths.
Tests and recoveries
A total number of 4 388 171 tests have been conducted to date in the country, with 28 066 new tests conducted in the last 24-hour cycle.
The private sector accounts for 2 499 113 (57%) of the country’s total tests while the public sector accounts for 1 889 058 (43%) tests.
622 153 people have recovered from the virus, bringing the country’s recovery rate to 90%.