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18 more Covid deaths in the N Cape

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The Covid-19 death toll in the Province is currently standing at 54 as of Thursday evening.

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EIGHTEEN more people in the Northern Cape have succumbed to Coivd-19.

The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announced that the Covid-19 death toll in the Province is currently standing at 54 as of Thursday evening.

“The Northern Cape recorded 18 more deaths, which included seven deaths in the Sol Plaatje municipal area, two in the Magareng municipal area, five in the Ga-Segonyana municipal area, three in Emthanjeni and one in the Dawid Kruiper municipal area. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 54 in the Province. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased,” said Mkhize.

The minister said that the total number of infections in the Northern Cape is almost 6 000.

“A cumulative total of 5 932 people in the Northern Cape have tested positive for Covid-19. The Frances Baard District recorded the highest number of new cases with 111, John Taolo Gaetsewe District recorded 80 new cases, Pixley ka Seme District recorded 58 new cases, ZF Mgcawu District recorded 35 cases and the Namakwa District recorded four new positive cases,”

Mkhize added that more than 3 000 people in the Province have recovered from the coronavirus.

“A total of 3 069 people in theProvince have recovered from the coronavirus and 61 441 people have been tested thus far.”

Mkhize urged residents to continue to adhere to the Covid-19 regulations.

“We urge all members of the community and the health care workforce to strengthen their resolve by maintaining a social distance and wearing a fabric face mask. Everyone must wear a face mask properly when near other people or in public spaces. This means it must fully cover the mouth and nose, and be washed regularly in soapy water. Hand washing or hand sanitising is also vital. Regular hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds, or regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser is essential. People must also practise proper cough etiquette. If you cough or sneeze always use a tissue and dispose of it carefully. If you don’t have a tissue, use your bent elbow,” he said.