South Africa’s COVID-19 deaths surpasses 500 in 24 hours
It never rains but it pours as the country laments over 500 deaths in a single day.
COVID-19 continue to grip human life by its reign as the country death rates continue to escalate leaving many at the sea. On Wednesday 22nd of July, 2020, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that the country has recorded a devastating 572 deaths in 24 hours alone.
This has caused so much trepidation for the country as people do not know what to expect in the foreseeable future.
Furthermore 400 deaths were recorded in the Eastern Cape, 114 were recorded in Gauteng, a further 35 in Western Cape 18 in KwaZulu-Natal and five in the Free State. These fatalities records pushes up the death toll to 5,940.
Additionally the ministry’s latest figures also reveal that SA’s COVID-19 infections have surged closer to 400 000 infections.
Moreover, Mkhize also severely criticized the Eastern Cape officials for not reporting recorded deaths in time, saying that the delay causes distortion.
Mkhize also added that they’re very much aware of challenges with death reporting.
“We know there are challenges with death reporting because there are those whose comorbidities were worsened by the virus which resulted in their deaths. Others died around the period of COVID-19 and all these must be investigated, but we’re saying there’s a process of tracking deaths; we however, still want daily reports,”
Mkhize however, mentioned that the recovery rate is at 58%.