While the Northern Cape had one of its lowest numbers of positive Covid-19 cases in several weeks, a further 10 deaths have been reported overnight in the Province.
WHILE the Northern Cape had one of its lowest numbers of positive Covid-19 cases in several weeks, a further 10 deaths have been reported overnight in the Province.
The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize announced an additional 75 people testing positive for Covid-19 in the Province on Tuesday night, bringing the cumulative total to 16 469 people or 2.4% of the total population of the province.
“Regrettably, we report 10 more Covid-19 related deaths: six from the Sol Plaatje municipal area and four from Dawid Kruiper.”
This brings the total number of deaths in the Province due to Covid-19 to 207.
“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased.”
The total number of recoveries in the Northern Cape is 13 441, while there are 2 821 active cases.
The worst-hit area in the Province has been Sol Plaatje, where there have been a total of 5 255 positive cases reported and 91 deaths.
Gasegonyana has a total of 1 928 positive cases and 18 deaths, followed by Dawid Kruiper with 1 397 cases and 14 deaths and Umbobomvu with 1 087 cases and two deaths.
The highest number of deaths, after Sol Plaatje, was Phokwane with a total of 30 deaths.
In the last three months, there have only been a handful of instances where less than 100 positive cases were reported in the Province in a 24-hour period.
The highest number of positive cases was reported on the 18th of this month with 374 cases. More than 300 cases have only been reported on two other occasions this month and twice in August.
The Northern Cape is also no longer the province with the lowest number of positive cases in the country and has overtaken Limpopo, which has 15 343 positive cases. The Northern Cape, however, still has the lowest number of deaths.
Meanwhile, the Gauteng Department of Health has expressed concern about the 6% increase in the number of Covid-19 active cases since the country moved to level 1 of the lockdown, on 21 September..
Gauteng remains the epicentre of the virus with 219 373 cases to date followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 118 889, the Western Cape 110 541 and Eastern Cape 89 076.
“The rise in infections has been attributed to among other factors to non-adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions by some members of the public,” the provincial department said.
The areas of concern include Johannesburg’s Inner City, Soweto, Sedibeng and Tshwane.
“It is important that we emphasise to the public that the fight against Covid-19 is far from over. We want to caution communities that we need to continue adhering to non-pharmaceutical interventions,” said Gauteng acting MEC of Health, Jacob Mamabolo.
The MEC called on everyone to play their part by wearing facemasks, social distancing, sanitising and washing hands.
According to the provincial department, 1 200 people are currently hospitalised in public and private health facilities.
South Africa recorded 903 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number of detected infections to 672 572.
In addition, 81 more people succumbed to the respiratory disease pushing the death toll to 16 667.
Globally, there have been 33 249 563 confirmed cases of Covid-19, while the death toll has now surpassed 1 million, the World Health Organization reported.