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Number of Covid-19 cases in N Cape passes 6 000


The death toll in the Province has now reached 61.

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THE NORTHERN Cape has recorded seven new Covid-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities in the Province due to the virus to 61 as of August 7.

The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said that four new deaths were reported in the Sol Plaatje municipal area and three in the Ga-Segonyana municipal area.

“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 number of Covid-19 infections in the Province had surpassed 6 000 cases.

“A cumulative total of 6 185 people in the Northern Cape have tested positive for Covid-19. The Frances Baard District recorded the highest number of new infections with 102 new cases, John Taolo Gaetsewe recorded 80 new infections, Pixley ka Seme recorded 45 new infections, ZF Mgcawu recorded 21 new infections and Namakwa recorded two new infections,” said Mkhize.

He added that more than half of the total number of people who tested positive for the coronavirus in the Northern Cape have since recovered.

“There are a total of 3 082 people who have recovered from Covid-19 and 62 561 people have been tested for coronavirus thus far,” Mkhize said.

The minister urged residents to protect themselves and others from contracting the virus by continuing to adhere to the stipulated Covid-19 regulations.

“We urge all members of the community and the health care workforce to strengthen their resolve by maintaining their social distance, by wearing a fabric face mask – everyone must wear a face mask properly when near other people or in public spaces – and by washing their hands regularly for 20 seconds or by using hand sanitiser,” he said.