COVID-19 death toll in SA passes 700 mark

COVID-19 death toll in SA passes 700 mark

The confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is now 34 357. 

Health minister Zweli Mkhize generic

This was announced by Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize who was speaking from the Western Cape this afternoon. 

He also revealed that 705 people have died from the virus infection. 

The Western Cape now accounts for more than half of all positive cases in the country with 22 567 cases or 65,7% of the national tally. 

Gauteng comes in second with 4 231 cases followed by the Eastern Cape with 4 111 cases, and KwaZulu-Natal fourth with 2 565 confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

Mkhize has provided some clarity around the high numbers in the Western Cape.

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Mkhize, has called on qualified and registered doctors, currently not practicing, to come forward and join in the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

Mkhize says due to the high number of infections, hospitals and doctors have come under further strain. 

"Doctors in South Africa who are unemployed must approach the departments in the provinces and make themselves available, but they must be registered with the Health Professions Council."

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