SA records 1,729 new cases and 106 deaths
South Africa now has a total of 704,254 positive cases as of Tuesday, the health minister announced.
On Tuesday health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa has passed the five million mark for COVID-19 tests on Tuesday as cases climb to 704,254. Mkhize also said, that 1,729 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in the past 24 hours , pushing the national total to 704,254. He notes that 15 of 106 COVID-19 related deaths were reported to have occurred in the past 24-48 hours.
“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” said Mkhize.
The country has also recorded a devastating 106 new deaths; 12 from Kwa-Zulu Natal, 24 from Eastern Cape , 15 from the Free State, 33 from North West, 7 from Gauteng and 15 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of deaths to 19,951.
Phila Motsamai, a South African citizen who currently reside in KwaZulu-Natal said the climb of COVID-19cases came as a surprise because she thought the country was ahead of COVID-19 and had ways to curb it.
“This is indeed shocking but we are hoping the healthcare workers are ready to fight this enemy that has greedily claimed lives. But I trust the health department,” said Motsamai.
Amanda Dlamini also voiced her grievances and urged the public to practise social distancing because no one declared South Africa COVID-19 free yet but people are behaving as if it no longer exists which puts more lives in jeopardy.
“Let us behave as a country, together we can conquer this, it’s all up to us because if we do not behave then the healthcare workers will be fighting a losing battle so we have to be responsible,” said Dlamini.
Mkhize also mentioned that the recovery rate is 92%.