South Africans shop during the Covid-19 lockdown. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency (ANA)
South Africans shop during the Covid-19 lockdown. Picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency (ANA)

Covid-19 in SA: This is where the 27 new deaths and 803 infections came from

By Sihle Mlambo Time of article published May 20, 2020

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Johannesburg - South Africa’s 27 new deaths on Wednesday came from the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, data released by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize shows.

The Western Cape had 23 deaths, while the remaining four came from the Eastern Cape. 

In addition, almost eight out of every 10 new infections came from the Western Cape as it recorded 623 of the 803 new infections in the country. 

On Wednesday, a day which marked Day 55 under South Africa’s lockdown, the total infections were at 18 003 and total deaths now sat at 339.

The Eastern Cape also continued to see the second-most new cases, with 80.

LATEST BREAKDOWN

_______________

New Deaths_____

New Cases___

Total Deaths____

Total Cases

South Africa

27

803

339

18003

Western Cape

23

623

210

11262

Gauteng

0

39

27

2400

Eastern Cape

4

80

45

2215

KZN

0

34

46

1650

Free State

0

12

6

180

Limpopo

0

0

3

93

Mpumalanga

0

15

0

93

North West

0

0

1

72

Northern Cape

0

0

1

38

 

Mkhize also announced the death of a two-day-old baby, the youngest victim from the country. The baby had been born premature and the mother had been infected, the minister said. 

“Regrettably we report a further 27 Covid-19-related deaths. This brings the total national deaths to 339.

“Sadly we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to Covid-19. This was a 2-day-old baby that was born prematurely and therefore had lung difficulties which required ventilation support immediately after birth. 

“The mother had tested positive for Covid-19 and the child subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 as well. It is important to appreciate the complexities of the underlying condition of prematurity. 

"We extend a special word of comfort to the mother of this child and salute the neonatologists, nurses and all allied and technical personnel who had the difficult task of caring for the neonate to the end,” he said. 

Mkhize said they were also devastated by the death of a health care worker in the Western Cape. 

“When Covid-19 claims the lives of the very people who are the bedrock of the national response, we feel the loss in so many ways. I want to send a special tribute to the healthcare workers who continue to serve with honour and compassion, despite the real risks they face in the frontline. 

“My heart goes out to the family, colleagues and loved ones of this compatriot: we salute her for the contribution she has made to the fight against Covid-19. We wish to express our condolences to all the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who cared for the deceased,” he said. 

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