Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. File photo: ANA/Brendan Magaar
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. File photo: ANA/Brendan Magaar

South Africa's confirmed Covid-19 cases jump to 11 350

By Sihle Mlambo Time of article published May 12, 2020

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Johannesburg - South Africa now has over 11 000 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Tuesday afternoon. 

No new deaths were reported, but as of Monday night, there were 206 Covid-19 deaths in the country. 

Mkhize said there were 698 new infections, taking the total cases to 11 350.

More than 90% of the new cases were recorded in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape provinces – with 484 and 148 new cases, respectively. 

This also means that the Eastern Cape, with 1 504 infections, now has more confirmed cases than KZN, which has 1 394.

LATEST BREAKDOWN


New Deaths

New Cases

Total Cases

Total Deaths

South Africa

0

698

11350

206

Western Cape

0

484 

6105

106

Gauteng

0

43 

2014 

22

Eastern Cape

0

148 

1504 

24

KZN

0

22

1394

44

Free State

0

0

135

6

Mpumalanga

0

0

63

0

Limpopo

0

0

54

3

North West

0

1

51 

1

Northern Cape

0

0

30

0


The country is currently in Day 47 of its national lockdown which was instituted to curb the spread of the virus. 

At the start of May, South Africa eased into level 4 of the national lockdown and allowed just over one million workers to return to work, after instituting the strict level 5 lockdown for 35 days. 

In easing into level 4 of the lockdown, the wearing of cloth masks became compulsory for all who were in public. Shops are refusing to serve those who do not cover their faces. 

On the last week of the level 5 lockdown, South Africa saw 1 694 new infections between April 24 and 30. 

In the same period, there were 24 Covid-19 related deaths. 

Mkhize said just under 370 000 people had now been tested for the virus, with the last 13 630 tests conducted over the last 24 hours.

* For the latest on the Covid-19 outbreak, visit IOL's special #Coronavirus page.

** If you think you have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus, please call the 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or visit sacoronavirus.co.za 

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