SOUTH Africa now has 5 350 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 103 deaths as a result of the coronavirus which has infected more than 3 million people globally, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday night.
This is an increase of 354 on Tuesday’s confirmed cases.
“This is the highest number of cases in a 24-hour cycle recorded to date and represents a 73% increase relative to the day before,” Mkhize said.
During an in-depth briefing on Tuesday, Mkhize said scientific modelling had shown that the national lockdown had the desired effect in terms of containing the spread of the virus and that the decision announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week to go into a phased alert level lockdown was based on sound scientific advice.
A total of 197 127 people have been tested for the coronavirus in both the private and public sectors to date, Mkhize said on Wednesday.
The Western Cape remains the province with the highest number of confirmed cases at 2 135 and at 38 deaths has also recorded the highest number of fatalities.
The three latest deaths, two men, aged 78 and 67, and a 79-year old woman, all had underlying illnesses, according to Premier Alan Winde.
BREAKDOWN OF CASES BY PROVINCE:
Western Cape – 2 135
Gauteng – 1 408
KwaZulu-Natal – 956
Eastern Cape – 630
Free State – 113
Limpopo – 31
North West – 29
Mpumalanga – 31
Northern Cape – 17
From May 1, the country will enter level 4 of the government’s phased lockdown easing plan, which will see some sectors resume operations. Further assessments would be made before moving to less stringent lockdown levels.