A health worker prepares to swab a patient during a mass Covid-19 screening and testing event held in Johannesburg, South Africa where MSF contact tracers assisted with training, monitoring and conducting tests. Picture: Tadeu Andre/MSF
A health worker prepares to swab a patient during a mass Covid-19 screening and testing event held in Johannesburg, South Africa where MSF contact tracers assisted with training, monitoring and conducting tests. Picture: Tadeu Andre/MSF

Covid-19 in SA: This is where the 1134 new infections, 30 new deaths came from

By Sihle Mlambo Time of article published May 21, 2020

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Johannesburg - South Africa’s 30 new Covid-19 deaths on Thursday came from the Western Cape, data released by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize shows. 

It shows 25 deaths came from the Western Cape, while the remaining 5 came from the Eastern Cape. 

In terms of confirmed cases, the two provinces accounted for 944 new infections out of the 1 134 new cases confirmed – or over 83% of new cases.

Since Monday, there have been 77 Covid-19-related deaths between the two provinces, with the rest of the country’s seven provinces recording 31 deaths in the same period. 

LATEST BREAKDOWN

______________

New Deaths___

New Cases___

Total Deaths___

Total Cases

South Africa

30

1134

369

19137

Western Cape

25

891

235

12153

Gauteng

0

53

27

2453

Eastern Cape

5

109

50

2324

KZN

0

43

46

1693

Free State

0

4

6

184

Limpopo

0

28

3

121

Mpumalanga

0

2

0

95

North West

0

5

1

77

Northern Cape

0

0

1

37

 

Mkhize said over 525 000 tests had now been conducted since March, with over 18 500 tests being done in the past 24 hours. 

Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said on Thursday that a joint meeting between ministers from the national office, the Eastern Cape and his Western Cape government took place to underline solutions to the transportation of bodies between the two provinces during the pandemic. 

He said it had been resolved that four regulatory protocols should be drafted by the two premiers and submitted to the national government for processing.

"The meeting follows a discussion during the Presidential Coordinating Council where the two provinces reported that they were in talks trying to find protocols of cooperation," Winde said.

The protocols being developed by the two provinces will focus on:

  • Joint cooperation on agriculture to specifically manage the movement and employment conditions of seasonal workers between the two provinces. 

  • Management of funerals with a focus on restricting movement of bodies of Covid-19-related deaths.

  • Management of general travelling of people between the two provinces given the easing of restrictions and to manage traveling when schools and universities are opened. 

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