On Friday, a brigade of Cuban doctors arrived in KwaZulu-Natal to assist with the province's fight against Covid-19. Picture: Bongani Mbatha/African News Agency(ANA)
On Friday, a brigade of Cuban doctors arrived in KwaZulu-Natal to assist with the province's fight against Covid-19. Picture: Bongani Mbatha/African News Agency(ANA)

Covid-19 in SA: This is where the 1 218 new infections and 10 latest deaths came from

By Staff Reporter Time of article published May 23, 2020

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Cape Town - South Africa’s 10 new Covid-19 deaths on Saturday came from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng, data released by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize shows. The three provinces currently have the highest number of cases in the country.

The Western and Eastern Cape accounted for 1 038 (85.2 percent) of the 1 218 new cases reported on Saturday. 

Deaths and recoveries

With 261 deaths, the Western Cape is also responsible for just over 64 percent of the country's Covid-19 related fatalities.

Across the country, 10 104 patients have recovered

from Covid-19, Mkhize's office said.

Saturday's big jump in infections comes as South Africa prepares to ease down to level 3 lockdown in the coming days. 

On Sunday President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation to provide an update on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19, the presidency said. 

LATEST BREAKDOWN

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PROVINCE

TOTAL CASES

NEW CASES

TOTAL DEATHS

RECOVERIES

% OF TOTAL

Western Cape

13826

936

261

6126

65

Eastern Cape

2569

110

58

1036

12

Gauteng

2633

112

29

1776

12

KwaZulu-Natal

1777

45

48

880

8

Free State

196

5

6

121

1

Mpumalanga

97

3

0

58

0

North West

81

6

1

29

0

Limpopo

124

18

3

51

1

Northern Cape

40

2

1

27

0

TOTAL

21 343

1 160

407

10 104

100.0

The brigade of Cuban healthcare professionals who arrived n South Africa earlier this month the assist with the fight against the coronavirus has completed the madatory 14-day quarantine period and a team has already arrived in KwaZulu-Natal. Another team is set to arrive in the Western Cape on Sunday.

Medicine shortages

Meanwhile, the Weekend Argus on Saturday reported that supplies of antiretroviral drugs, contraceptives and anti-infection medication was running low at pharmacies across the country.

“Covid-19 is consuming existing resources globally, so drug manufacturers are now manufacturing supplies that are needed in the Covid-19 response, so the usual drug supply is disrupted,” Ruth Dube, the co-ordinator for the Stop Stockouts Project said. The project is the brainchild of six NGOs and monitors the availability of critical medication in order to assist patients whose lives are threatended by shortages of essential medication.

Part of the reason for some of these medications being in short supply could be the decision by Minister Mkhize to extend prescriptions for chronic medications during the lockdown, the report said.

* The discrepancy in the national figures and those released by the Western Cape government is due to the different cut-off times for provincial and national reporting of covid-19 statistics.

** 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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