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Western Cape records eight more Covid-19 deaths as cases surpass 9 900

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As of 1pm on May 18, the province has 6 031 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 9 927 confirmed cases and 3 731 recoveries.

THE WESTERN Cape has recorded an additional eight Covid-19 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 165.

As of 1pm on May 18, the province has 6 031 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 9 927 confirmed cases and 3 731 recoveries.

There are 424 people in hospital, of which 111 are in ICU or high care, Premier Alan Winde said. The province has also conducted 94 275 tests so far. 

Winde has extended his condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones as the virus continues to spread in the province.

The national Department of Health figures for the Western Cape differ from those announced by Winde daily because the national figures are compiled from data supplied before the provincial figures are announced.

Picture: Western Cape Government Coronavirus Dashboard

Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo visited the Gatesville Melomed Hospital to celebrate the recovery of Bathandwa Zuzo, from Gugulethu.

Mbombo said: “Mr Zuzo tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted on the 26 April 2020, with severe respiratory problems. He was in ICU and on ventilators for 3 weeks. This also serves to demonstrate the strength of our health system and to showcase our health professionals’ skills in dealing with this pandemic. 

“This is a powerful story of a man who survived the most severe case of this virus, I hope this will give hope to the people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19.”

Winde added that is important to show support for those who are ill- and treat them with kindness and care on their path to recovery.