COVID-19 claims 22 more lives as infection cases rise by over 900

Twenty two more people have lost their lives to COVID-19 disease, hiking the death toll from 264 to 286.
The infection cases have also exponentially increased by 918, shooting the number from 15515 to 16433.
This was announced by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Monday night. He added that the number of recoveries to date had risen to 7 298.
“About 475 071 tests have been conducted, with 14 198 done in the last 24-hour cycle.
“As we prepare for the easing of lockdown regulations, high-risk age groups and those with comorbidities, such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac disease, obesity and people living with HIV, must take extra precautions and the necessary steps to avoid possible exposure to COVID-19,” he said.
Mkhize said of the 286 deaths registered, 160 were males and 126 females.
The provincial breakdown of cases, deaths and recoveries was provided as:
  • Western Cape — 10,035 cases, 166 deaths, 3,731 recoveries;
  • Gauteng — 2,343 cases, 26 deaths, 1,657 recoveries;
  • Eastern Cape — 2,052 cases, 39 deaths, 839 recoveries;
  • KwaZulu-Natal — 1,567 cases, 45 deaths, 818 recoveries;
  • Free State — 163 cases, 6 deaths, 108 recoveries;
  • Limpopo — 88 cases, 3 deaths, 37 recoveries;
  • Mpumalanga — 76 cases, 0 deaths, 53 recoveries;
  • North West — 72 cases, 1 death, 28 recoveries; and
  • Northern Cape — 37 cases, 0 deaths, 27 recoveri

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