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Covid-19 cases surge to 7220 in SA

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Monday evening that South Africa’s Covid-19 cases increased to 7220, with seven more deaths and 2746 recoveries. Mkhize said there were 437 new infections, taking the total cases to 7220. 

There were also seven more deaths, taking the death toll to 138. Mkhize expressed his sympathy for those who have lost loved ones due to Covid-19.

“We wish to express our condolences to the families of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients,” said Mkhize.

The country is currently in Day 39 of its national lockdown which was instituted by the government to contain the spread of the virus. Last Friday SA eased into level four of the national lockdown and allowed just over one million workers to return to work, after instituting the strict level five lockdown for 35 days. 

To date 257,541 tests have been conducted of which 11 794 were done in the last 24 hours. The public sector has conducted 129,392 tests in total, while the private sector’s total number of tests to date is 128,149.

The confirmed cases are broken down by province as follows: with the Western Cape recording the most cases, at 3362, and the most deaths, at 64. Followed by Gauteng with 1661 cases, 14 deaths and KZN has 1106, 35 deaths thus far.

Eastern Cape has 814 cases 17 deaths, Free State has 125 cases, 6 deaths and Mpumalanga has 53 cases, 0 deaths. Meanwhile Limpopo has 39 cases, 2 deaths, North West has 35 cases, 0 deaths and Northern Cape has 25 cases, 0 deaths.

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