THE NUMBER of Covid-19 positve cases in the Northern Cape has increased from 626 to 686 on July 4, 2020.
The department of health said four people have passed away from the virus and 236 people are deemed recovered.
The total number of active cases are 442.
The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize said 28 people tested positive in the Gamagara area, and the bulk of the tests were conducted at a new Kumba Laboratory.
“The high number of positive people reported in the Gamagara local municipal area includes 27 people who were tested by the new Kumba Laboratory. This includes backdated results that were reported by the laboratory between June 25 and July 3, 2020 but were only released by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) on July 4, 2020. This is a new laboratory being run by Anglo American. The individuals who tested positive were informed of their test results as they became available,” said Mkhize.
He said eighteen people from the Sol Plaatje municipal area in Frances Baard district tested positive for Coivid-19 while other municipal areas recorded less than a handful of newly recorded cases.
“Two people from Dikgatlong municipal area in the Frances Baard District tested positive while one person from the Emthanjeni municipal area in the Pixley ka Seme District tested positive. The Thembelihle municipal area recorded four positive cases and another four positive cases were recorded in the Umsobomvu municipal area in the Pixley Ka Seme district. Two positive cases were recorded in the Dawid Kruiper municipal area in the ZF Mgcawu district while one positive casse was recorded in the Ga-Segonyana municipal area,” he said.
Mkhize added two people were wrongly allocated to the Northern Cape and those cases will be reallocated to other provinces.