SA women diagnosed with COVID-19 account for 54.7% of cases

SA women diagnosed with COVID-19 account for 54.7% of cases

Women account for more than half the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in South Africa. 

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The Health Ministry's added that the total number of confirmed cases in the country has climbed to 3 300. It's an increase of 142.  

The death toll has also gone up - to 58 people now

Minister Zweli Mkhize says 54.7% of those who've tested positive for the coronavirus - are women.

Women aged between 31 - 40 have registered the highest number of cases in South Africa at 456. 

Based on statistics from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases on 19 April, 83 patients - aged between 1 and 10 - have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

So have 136 girls and boys - aged 11 to 20 years.

COVID-19 stats in SA

Minister Mkhize says testing has increased significantly since 16 March.

More than 121 000 people have been tested for the virus in the public and private sectors.

On a positive note, 1 055 people diagnosed with COVID-19, have recovered.

Gauteng has the highest number of confirmed cases at  1170, followed by the Western Cape at 940 and KwaZulu-Natal at 639. Twenty-three coronavirus patients in our province have since died.

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