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MEC in hospital for Covid-19

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The MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism is being treated in an Upington hospital.

MEC Abraham Vosloo. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism has confirmed that MEC Abraham Vosloo is currently being treated at Mediclinic Upington for Covid-19.

It remains unclear as to what symptoms the MEC displayed prior to his admittance to the hospital in Upington.

Department spokesperson Ali Diteme indicated that Vosloo was admitted on Monday and he is “progressing very well” under the care of the medical staff.

“The MEC’s health is not depressing and we expect him to be discharged as soon as his condition improves,” said Diteme.

Meanwhile, Dr Zwelike Mkhize, the Minister of Health announced an additional 55 people testing positive for Covid-19 in the Northern Cape, bringing the cumulative total to 24 974 people.

According to a statement by the department the one previously confirmed case that was wrongly reported under Northern Cape, has been removed and re-allocated to the correct Province as a result of ongoing data cleaning processes.

In the minister’s report on Tuesday, Frances Baard recorded the highest daily new cases in the Province with 20; followed by Namakwa with 12, Pixley Ka Seme and ZF Mgcawu both recording 11 new cases, while JT Gaetsewe reported no new cases in the daily report. One case is unallocated.

“Sadly we report two new Covid-19 related deaths, both from Ga-Segonyana LM, JT Gaetsewe district. With these new deaths, the Province’s total cumulative deaths due to Covid-19 complications stands at 379.

“We convey our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the families and loved ones of the departed.”

According to the statement, the number of recoveries increased slightly to 22 172 with the recovery rate now standing at 90%.

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