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Saul warns residents to be “extra vigilant” as NC records 292 new cases

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17 412 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Northern Cape, while 221 people have died

Northern Cape Premier Dr Zamani Saul. File picture

WITH 292 new Covid-19 cases reported in the Northern Cape, Premier Zamani Saul has cautioned residents to remain vigilant.

“We are still not out of the woods, and people must be extra vigilant,” Saul said on social media.

The highest number of new Covid-19 infections in the Northern Cape, as of Saturday evening, were reported in the ZF Mgcawu District, with 135 new cases, while the Frances Baard District recorded 109 new infections, Pixley Ka Seme 26, John Taolo Gaetsewe 10 and Namakwa an additional eight new cases.

These new infections bring the cumulative total of positive cases in the Northern Cape to 17 412 people.

The total number of people who have died from Covid-19 in the Province is 221.

Saul pointed out that research has shown that diabetes and hypertension are the leading comorbidities reported and that although more women (57%) have tested positive for the coronavirus than men, more men (52%) have died from the virus.

The premier noted that the recovery rate in the Province is 87%.

The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said that the total number of reported Covid-19 positive cases in the Northern Cape, as of October 3, is 17 412 and that 2 619 are active cases.

“A total of 14 570 recoveries were reported. A total of 118 053 people have been tested for Covid-19 thus far.

“Residents must continue to protect themselves from catching or transmitting the virus by adhering and practising the Covid-19 protocols,” said Mkhize.