South Africa reports 1 462 COVID-19 cases

South Africa reports 1 462 COVID-19 cases

The number of people in South Africa who have tested positive for COVID-19 has increased by 82 from Wednesday - bringing the figure up to 1 462.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize giving latest covid19 update

The Health Minister says despite this, the growth is below initial projections. 

Zweli Mkhize warns against becoming complacent saying they don't have a clear sense of what is happening yet in densely populated areas - like townships. 

"We should not be lulled into complacency but continue to venture forth in full combat by proactively conducting wall to wall testing and finding all COVID-19 affected people in the country. That way, we can do what needs to be done to break the cycle of transmission and beat COVID-19 as a nation."

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He says they're waiting for the reports of two people who died - so for now, the death toll from the coronavirus stands at five. 

"We wish to indicate that we are awaiting the reports of two more deaths- once these have been concluded and verified, we will inform the public of the revised number of deaths."

"We are slowly seeing an increase in numbers of recoveries. However, recovery numbers do tend to lag behind because of the criteria for recovery. Our focus right now is finding all active cases and treating those who are very ill."

KwaZulu-Natal now has 206 cases.

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